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on September 8, 2005
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 this is a depiction of the whole story behind the Human Genome Project, it reads like an epic tale of a breathtaking journey.

James Shreeve gives a close account of all the events that led up to sequencing of human genome, including politics, science, business, legal matters and personal relations. What's more, is that a lay reader who understands nothing about gene or molecular biology can learn a whole lot of things he didn't know before. While the book is not technical in biological and other scientific explanations, it is sufficient to explain to the lay reader about genes, their importance as well as their pharamaceutical value.

This book, like other reviewers have mentioned, is truly hard to put down. Highly recommended to everyone!!
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on October 24, 2015
Good for 3/4 of the book then it just droned on with nothing really new. Fascinating insight into one narcissistic scientist and his quest for me me me couched in terms of for everybody.
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on December 21, 2015
This book was a fascinating mix of science and drama. It's great to see scientists portrayed as merely human, with all their moments of genius, weakness, and egomania. I wish more scientific achievements could be documented in this way... I think it would bring a greater appreciation and understanding to the process of discovery.
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on June 18, 2017
Amazing book!
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on January 29, 2016
Good book! Came quick with no fuss.
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on March 1, 2004
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 and ultimately thrilling tale is a masterpiece of science writing. The white coats (and white hats) drop away in this book as Shreeve reveals the majesty of science for what it has always been, a very human story. Bravo!
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on January 23, 2014
This is a extremely well written book. It provides the layperson with an understanding of the importance of the Genome science, and understanding of the political battles and corporate battles necessary to advance our understanding of science
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on September 28, 2016
It is an interesting story
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on May 20, 2016
good read
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on August 23, 2015
Well written story of an important scientific race.
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