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A great deal has been written about Venter as the head of Celera, the private research company that won a race with the National Institutes of Health's Human Genome Project to sequence the human genome. His role in this historic accomplishment has been both vilified and praised. Now, in a clumsily written autobiography, Venter offers his side of the story, portraying himself as the eternal underdog, fighting for truth and attempting to make scientific discoveries solely to help others. He is opposed in this struggle by a cadre of scientists out to advance their own careers, by a federal bureaucracy incapable of rationally using public funds to promote scientific advances and by the heads of corporations willing to do almost anything to make money. Venter accuses all of the big players—the Human Genome Project's Frances Collins and Nobel laureate James Watson, among many others—of outright dishonesty. Ignore the hyperbole and be skeptical of the accusations, but there's still a terribly depressing story about the politics of big science. Venter also attempts to contextualize the controversy swirling around the patenting of DNA sequences. Despite the lack of unbiased insight, this is well worth reading for the fascinating perspective it offers on one of the major scientific discoveries of all time. (Oct. 22)
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With Venter, there must always be something new swelling on the horizon . . . he alone is taking the measure of lifes true diversity and dreaming up new life-forms at the same time.
[Venter is] not just trying to understand how life works; hes trying to make it work for him, and us.
The Atlantic Monthly
Book was heavy in science terminology and very fine print. Very slow reading. Son had it has a requirement for college. So I picked it up and read several chapters of this book.Published 27 days ago by Seier
This is a great man. He is also crazy; he almost drowned his friends rather than turn his yacht around in the face of a violent storm/hurricane. Read morePublished 5 months ago by S. Duval
Craig has certainly established himself as the king of genomics. By innovating and going against the huddled masses he, nearly solo, brought about a huge paradigm shift on how we... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Steven T. Wolf
Dr. Venter’s autobiography is an amazing journey inside the mind of a super-achiever ultra-egotist. Do the two go hand in hand? Read morePublished 6 months ago by OK
Craig Venter is a jerk, or so my professor told me when he recommended this book. J-Craig articulates his adventure of sequencing the first genome. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Gift Card
A fascinating read about a very interesting individual. I realize that it is an autobiography, but it is an extremely one-sided view of the search for the human genome. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Harlow Kreitzman
Craig Venter is an amazing man, scientist and entrepreneur, but I found this book to be, for lack of a better word, boring. Read morePublished 12 months ago by jeremy j wethall
This was a book which is worth reading a couple of times and I intend purchasing the paperback for my library.
It is a pity that I can't lend this e book to my friends.
Venter came from a middle class family. School did not inspire him. The draft caused him to enlist in the Navy where a routine test revealed extraordinary intelligence. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Peter Ungar