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The Resource A life decoded : my genome, my life, J. Craig Venter

A life decoded : my genome, my life, J. Craig Venter

Label
A life decoded : my genome, my life
Title
A life decoded
Title remainder
my genome, my life
Statement of responsibility
J. Craig Venter
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"A Life Decoded is the story of a milestone in our history, told by the man who challenged conventional wisdom and refuted his critics to reveal the human genetic code. Growing up in California, Craig Venter was an unremarkable student, with little interest in his schoolwork and even less motivation to complete his education. But being drafted as a Navy medic in Vietnam piqued his interest in science and medicine, and after jump-starting his education, he received advanced degrees and quickly established himself as a gifted and outspoken scientist. At the National Institutes of Health he introduced novel techniques for rapid gene discovery, and at his own research institute in 1995 sequenced the first genome of a living species in history, the bacterium Haemopbiius infiuenzae." "That success prompted him to take on the dauntingly more ambitious goal of the entire human genome - billions of letters of genetic code that would test the limits of both human and computational abilities. Venter not only set himself this almost inconceivably ambitious goal but also announced he could reach it more quickly, and for far less money, than the government-sponsored Human Genome Project - a prediction he fulfilled in 2001. The story of that quest is at the heart of A Life Decoded, and rarely has the chronicle of a scientific adventure been more dramatic or, ultimately, more profoundly moving. The account of the decoding of the human genome is, on one hand, a thrilling story of detection, featuring machines that refused to function the way they should have, as well as flashes of virtuosity from an increasingly pressured, small band of dedicated researchers. But it is also a revealing, and often troubling, look at how science is increasingly practiced today - a discipline in which financial demands, political machinations, and ego all too often undermine the pursuit of knowledge that might save lives." "But reading the human genome is only the beginning of a revolution in our relationship with the world. Craig Venter has built on that foundation, as he explains in the closing pages of A Life Decoded, to investigate the genomes of the atmosphere and the oceans, to transplant genetic material from one organism into another, and to create synthetic life - all projects with the potential to address the problems of the twenty-first century. That, finally, is the purest goal of science and lies at the heart of this inspiring and remarkable book."--BOOK JACKET
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
CVU
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Venter, J. Craig
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Venter, J. Craig
  • Geneticists
  • Human gene mapping
  • DNA
  • Venter, J. Craig
  • Genetics
  • Chromosome Mapping
  • Genome, Human
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA
  • United States
  • United States
Label
A life decoded : my genome, my life, J. Craig Venter
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"First published in the United States of America by Viking Penguin ... 2007"--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [361]-374) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
277006711
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
390 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780670063581
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)277006711
Label
A life decoded : my genome, my life, J. Craig Venter
Publication
Note
"First published in the United States of America by Viking Penguin ... 2007"--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [361]-374) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
277006711
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
390 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780670063581
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)277006711

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