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Hood: Trailblazer of the Genomics Age

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Lee Hood did that rarest of things. He enabled scientists to see things they couldn’t see before and do things they hadn’t dreamed of doing. Scientists can now sequence complete human genomes in a day, setting in motion a revolution that is personalizing medicine.

Hood, a son of the American West, was an unlikely candidate to transform biology. But with ferocious drive, h
Kindle Edition, 370 pages
Published August 6th 2016 by Bandera Press
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Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an unauthorized biography of Leroy Edward Hood. The book opens with Hood resigning from the University of Washington in 1999. Bill Gates had lured Hood to the University in 1991 from Caltech. Hood went on to create the Institute for Systems Biology. The book then goes back to Hood’s early life and follows it forward including his education in the field of immunology. The author states Hood developed the DNA sequencing machine which revolutionized the Genomic field. Hood made tenure at Ca ...more
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Mar 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Even though my own field is ecology I have known about Leroy Hood since I was an undergraduate in the early 2000’s right on the heals of the human genome project. His approach to systems biology (systems ecology exists as well) fascinated me and as a child of the 90’s at the confluence of the computer revolution and the dawn of the genomics era I felt this book would offer some nostalgia as well as inspiration. It did in fact deliver but Timmerman did have some irritating tendencies such as one ...more
Abhijeet Krishna
Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting stories about Hood's career. Skipped through the parts which didn't really pertain to his career.

As a scientist, it was really interesting to know many of the details of Hood's career like the challenges faced while building the DNA sequencer and his change of institutions. However, I doubt if this book will be as interesting to someone who is not involved in science. There was content about his personal life which I often decided to skip. I found the book boring sometimes when the a
Barbara Von Gehr
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gripping account of modern scientific innovated

The author has captured the excitement and intensity of the life of one of our times' most creative and forward thinking scientists. He succeeds in portraying Hood's strengths and weaknesses, while bringing down to a layman's understanding the fascinating recent accomplishments in genomics.
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating read on the groundbreaking work of Leroy Hood. The northwest connection made it all the more interesting. This is a must read if you like biographies of people who have made significant contributions in today's world.
Christopher Benassi
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really well written bio...great to have such a detailed perspective into such a key contributor of genetic sequencing. Objectively highlights the positives and negatives of Hood's life
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Luke Timmerman is the author of "Hood: Trailblazer of the Genomics Age." He is an award-winning journalist who has covered biotechnology for more than a decade. He is the founder and editor of Timmerman Report, a biotech newsletter. Timmerman is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT in 2005-2006. He was named by Scientific American as ...more

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