The Genome War: How Craig Venter Tried to Capture the Code of Life and Save the World
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He also hoped to become very famous and very rich. It is also the story of how one man’s ambition created a scientific Camelot where, for a moment, it seemed that the competing interests of pure science and commercial profit might be gloriously reconciled—and the national repercussions that resulted when that dream went awry.. The Genome War is the definitive account of that drama—the race for the greatest prize biology has had to offer, told by a writer with exclusive access to Venter’s operation from start to finish. The stage was set for one of the most thrilling—and important—dramas in the history of science. Calling his company Celera (from the Latin for “speed”), he assembled a small group of scientists in an empty building in Rockville, Maryland, and set to work.At the same time, the leaders of the government program, under the direction of Francis Collins, head of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health, began to mobilize an unexpectedly unified effort to beat Venter to the prize—knowledge that had the potential to revolutionize medicine and society. Venter hoped that by decodin
"A fascinating and exciting journey!" according to Igor Faynshteyn. Firstly, I haven't even finished this book at the time of my writing this review, but I could no longer wait to comment on it.The distinguished feature of this book is its style of writing. It is incredibly simple and straight forward, without any unncessary twist of language or logic. Although t. Pure joy! A science writing masterpiece. Amazon Customer If you read only one science book this year, it has to be James Shreeve's inside view of the race to sequence the human genome. The story of this tumultuous competition between the prestigious Human Genome Project and the brash visionary Craig Venter is a joy ride. Shreeve's irreverent, charming . Stunning! Superlative! Exciting! I could not put this book down. This is an engrossingly written glimpse into the people, politics and science of the Human Genome project(s). Extraordinarily well done. Uplifting.Exciting. At times depressing. Full of real people at war with real problems and real results.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. To back this up, Shreeve gives a healthy dose of the molecular biology involved in clear and vivid terms. This inflammatory announcement sparked a race that was as much about scientific ego and public recognition as about unlocking the so-called book of life. Both models must battle a public that doesn't understand the intricacies of the research. All rights reserved. Shreeve (Nature) focuses on the tensions between academia and industry, and the rancor that ensued when Venter, who had previously headed a nonprofit research institute, changed c