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closing pages of A Life Decoded, to investigate the genomes of the atmosphere .. Craig Venter, based on my DNA, will continue to be made long after life has. One look at the cover of A life decoded by J. Craig Venter and you know you are not looking at a run-of-the-mill scientist’s biography. Venter’s. J. Craig Venter raced the government to decode a human genome. image enough to begin his memoir, “A Life Decoded,” by describing how.

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One look at the cover of A life decoded by J. On the back cover are blurbs ventet praise, not of the book, but of J.

Inside, pages of egocentric prose await. Having warned you that this book might have made former North Korean leader and personality cult exemplar Kim Il-sung nervous vwnter its immodesty, I need to disclose that I have known Craig Venter for about ten years, served on the advisory board of Celera founded by Venterand have gotten into a number of fights with him over policy decisions about the samples used to map the human genome, the creation of synthetic life, and the wisdom of publishing the genomes of various nasty decided in full.


But I should also disclose that I consider Venter a friend, a brilliant scientist, an extraordinary entrepreneur, and a true visionary when it comes to genomics. He loved to race his bike next to and sometimes in front of the jets taking off at the San Francisco airport, showing early on that taking risks would be a key feature of his life.

So why would anyone other than a close Venter relative or a mental health worker interested in narcissism want to read this book?

It also gives a useful overview of the evolution of corporatized science in vraig United States. Anyone who thinks that either big federal funding or private funding does not come with huge strings attached needs to read this book.

A life decoded: My genome — my life

And anyone who thinks they are smart enough to retain a semblance of freedom and independence despite these strings needs to read this book. Throughout his career, Venter has done about as well as anyone could have done, and he has always been just one step ahead of the credit-hungry NIH Institute Directors, the dreamy private philanthropists seeking fame or immortality, or the profit-hungry corporate CEOs and their lawyers.


There have been a draig books written that offer first-hand accounts of lives of achievement in the biomedical sciences in the twentieth century.

The world of government and private funding that provides the scaffolding for most clinical and some basic biomedical research lurched into existence in response to genomics. National Center for Biotechnology InformationU.

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