By J. Craig Venter
The successful memoir of the guy at the back of one of many maximum feats in medical history
Of all of the clinical achievements of the previous century, possibly none can fit the interpreting of the human genetic code, either for its technical brilliance and for its implications for our destiny. In A existence Decoded, J. Craig Venter lines his upward thrust from an uninspired pupil to at least one of the main attention-grabbing and arguable figures in technology at the present time. the following, Venter relates the unprecedented drama of the hunt to decode the human genome?a aim he estimated he might in achieving years previous and extra cost effectively than the government-sponsored Human Genome venture, and one who he fulfilled in 2001. an exciting tale of detection, A lifestyles Decoded can be a revealing, and sometimes troubling, examine how technological know-how is practiced today.
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A m o n g m y earliest memories are of her clipping coupons from newspapers and going from one supermarket to the next to get the best deals. W e would use powdered milk to save money, even though m a n y dairy farms were nearby. Summer holidays meant camping or staying with m y maternal grandparents in San Diego, a city that would 9 WRiTinG m y C O D E come to play a central role in m y life. I can also recall only too well h o w m y folks constantly rewarded m y better-behaved older brother, a m a t h e m a t i c a l prodigy.
Apart from the sheer excitement of the science that is at the heart of this book, I hope, too, that m y story will serve as an inspiration. M y early years were hardly a model of focus, discipline, and direction. N o one who met me as a teenager could have imagined m y going into research and making impor tant discoveries. N o one could have predicted the arc of m y career. N o one could have seen m e rise to h e a d a major research effort. A n d certainly no one could have foreseen the war of words in which I became embroiled, let alone held out m u c h hope that I could ever beat the establishment.
S. Navy Surgeon General and volunteer to go to the hospital before I received m y official assignment. Everyone thought this attempt to influence the slowly grinding wheels of naval bureaucracy was a long shot. But once again I felt I had nothing to lose. M y letter described my extensive experience in the infectious disease ward in fl L I F E D E C O D E D u San Diego and m y emergency r o o m experience. As a final flourish, I argued that m y medical skills would be p u t to m u c h better use in D a N a n g than if I stayed in Long Beach.
A Life Decoded: My Genome: My Life by J. Craig Venter