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A Life Decoded

My Genome: My Life

J. Craig Venter - Author

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ISBN 9780143114185 | 400 pages | 30 Sep 2008 | Penguin | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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The triumphant memoir of the man behind one of the greatest feats in scientific history

Of all the scientific achievements of the past century, perhaps none can match the deciphering of the human genetic code, both for its technical brilliance and for its implications for our future. In A Life Decoded, J. Craig Venter traces his rise from an uninspired student to one of the most fascinating and controversial figures in science today. Here, Venter relates the unparalleled drama of the quest to decode the human genome—a goal he predicted he could achieve years earlier and more cheaply than the government-sponsored Human Genome Project, and one that he fulfilled in 2001. A thrilling story of detection, A Life Decoded is also a revealing, and often troubling, look at how science is practiced today.

“ [Venter is] not just trying to understand how life works; he’s trying to make it work for him, and for us.”
—The Atlantic

“ [The] media has called Venter many things: maverick, publicity hound, risk-taker, brash, controversial, genius, manic, rebellious, visionary, audacious, arrogant, feisty, determined, provocative. His autobiography shows that they are all justified.”
—Nature

“ A Life Decoded offers a window into the life and mind of a scientist who . . . has indisputably become an extraordinary figure.”
—Science


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