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Decoding our DNA : Craig Venter vs. Human Genome Project

Author: Karen Gunnison Ballen
Publisher: Minneapolis, MN : Twenty-First Century Books, ©2013.
Series: Scientific rivalries and scandals.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : Juvenile audience : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the mid-1980s, geneticists proposed a daring project to sequence the human genome, to figure out the exact order of the three billion chemical pairs that make up human DNA. This could help scientists understand how our bodies work and help doctors diagnose, treat, and prevent certain diseases. The Human Genome Project launched in 1990, with scientists around the world collaborating. They worked slowly and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Juvenile works
Juvenile literature
Named Person: J Craig Venter; J Craig Venter; J Craig Venter
Material Type: Biography, Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karen Gunnison Ballen
ISBN: 9780761354895 0761354891
OCLC Number: 768480194
Description: 64 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm.
Contents: The crown jewel of biology --
Humble beginnings --
The human genome --
The patent debates --
Genome sequencing --
The genome war --
The final round.
Series Title: Scientific rivalries and scandals.
Responsibility: Karen Gunnison Ballen.

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In the mid-1980s, geneticists proposed a daring project to sequence the human genome, to figure out the exact order of the three billion chemical pairs that make up human DNA. This could help scientists understand how our bodies work and help doctors diagnose, treat, and prevent certain diseases. The Human Genome Project launched in 1990, with scientists around the world collaborating. They worked slowly and methodically. By 1991 one of these scientists, Craig Venter, fed up with the HGP's slow pace, challenged the HGP to move faster and started his own company to compete with the HGP. Racing neck and neck, the two organizations reached their goal years ahead of schedule. But the challenge also led to a bitter public argument, especially over who could use the sequence and how. This book reveals how ambition, persistence, ego, greed, and principle combined--often with explosive results--in the quest to decode our DNA.--From publisher description.

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