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A Life Decoded: My Genome: My Life by J. Craig Venter

By J. Craig Venter

The successful memoir of the fellow at the back of one of many maximum feats in clinical history

Of all of the clinical achievements of the previous century, probably 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 push from an uninspired pupil to at least one of the main attention-grabbing and debatable figures in technology this day. right here, Venter relates the unprecedented drama of the search to decode the human genome?a objective he envisioned he might in attaining years prior and extra affordably than the government-sponsored Human Genome undertaking, and one who he fulfilled in 2001. an exhilarating tale of detection, A lifestyles Decoded is usually a revealing, and sometimes troubling, examine how technological know-how is practiced today.

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T h e gang left the stadium for d o w n t o w n San Mateo, and I found myself in the backseat of a stolen car that was being hot-wired. W e set out on a joy ride. W h e n a police car began to follow with flashing lights and siren, I panicked. W e swerved into an alley close to the stadium and braked hard. I got out and ran as fast as I could back to the bleachers, m y family, and normal life. However adventurous I might be, I was not a criminal. I began my second year of high school with a new outlook.

O u r new h o m e and neighborhood did not change me in that respect. M y mischief making was n o w inspired by a friend whose father was a railroad worker and whose family lived in a railcar on a side track near the station. With his inside knowledge he showed me useful tricks, such as h o w to release the brakes to stop a train and h o w to couple and uncouple railcars. At the end of the school year his family had to move to another station, to the deep relief of m y parents. I watched as his railcar clattered off, taking h i m out of m y life.

Craig Venter T raditional autobiography has generally had a p o o r press. T h e novelist D a p h n e d u Maurier condemned all examples of this literary form as selfindulgent. Others have quipped that autobiography reveals n o t h i n g bad about its writer except his memory. " His reason? " Because I have been fortunate enough to take part in one of the greatest, most exciting, and, potentially, most beneficial scientific adventures of all time, I believe m y story is a story well worth telling—even more so because it became so controversial, for political, economic, and scientific reasons—but I am well aware of the research that shows that m e m o r y is notoriously malleable.

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