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A life decoded : my genome, my life

Author: J Craig Venter
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The story of the man who achieved one of the greatest feats of our era--the mapping of the human genome. After nearly flunking out of high school, Venter went to Vietnam, where the life and death struggles he encountered as a medic piqued his interest in science and medicine. In 1984 he joined the National Institutes of Health, introduced novel techniques for rapid gene discovery, and left in 1991 to form his own  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographie
Biography
History
Autobiographies
Personal Narrative
Named Person: J Craig Venter; J Craig Venter; J Craig Venter; J Craig Venter; J Craig Venter; J Craig Venter
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: J Craig Venter
ISBN: 9780670063581 0670063584 9780143114185 0143114182
OCLC Number: 165048736
Description: 390 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Writing my code --
University of death --
Adrenaline junkie --
Starting over in Buffalo --
Scientific heaven, bureaucratic hell --
Big biology --
TIGR cub --
Gene wars --
Shotgun sequencing --
Institutional divorce --
Sequencing the human --
Mad magazine and destructive businessmen --
Flying forward --
The first human genome --
The White House, June 26, 2000 --
Publish and be damned --
Blue planet and new life.
Responsibility: J. Craig Venter.
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The story of the man who achieved one of the greatest feats of our era--the mapping of the human genome. After nearly flunking out of high school, Venter went to Vietnam, where the life and death struggles he encountered as a medic piqued his interest in science and medicine. In 1984 he joined the National Institutes of Health, introduced novel techniques for rapid gene discovery, and left in 1991 to form his own nonprofit genomics research center, where he sequenced the first genome in history in 1995. In 1998 he announced that he would successfully sequence the human genome years sooner, and for far less money, than the government-sponsored Human Genome Project would--a prediction he kept in 2001. The tale involves as much politics (personal and political) as science. He also describes the other startling projects he has conducted since.--From publisher description.

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