The Sequence: Inside the Race for the Human Genome

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Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2001 - 310 pages
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An account of what has been described as the single most important scientific breakthrough of modern times - the elucidation of mankind's complete genetic script. It is a story in which science, politics, business and society meet head on. At its heart is the race between the three billion Human Genome Project led by the brilliant geneticist Francis Collins and a renegade biotech company founded by scientist-entrepreneur J. Craig Venter. When the Human Genome Project, a 15-year joint project between the US and UK governments, was launched in 1990, it was inconceivable that anyone else would have the technology, the expertise or the financial resources to even enter the race, much less win it. In 1998 Venter announced that his company Celera would use high-powered sequencing machines to complete the sequence from scratch in three years. This book takes the reader into the labs and lives of the two men who making history. Regardless of who wins the race, this is a discovery that will revolutionize our lives.

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Kevin Davies, Ph.D., is the author of "Cracking the Genome" Davies. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of "Bio-IT World", a monthly magazine covering enabling technology in the life sciences. He was the founding editor of "Nature Genetics", the world's leading genetics journal, which he headed for its first five years. He has also written for the "Times (London), Boston Globe", "New England Journal of Medicine", "New Scientist", and "Prospect". Davies holds an M.A. in biochemistry from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D in molecular genetics from the University of London. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts, with his wife and two teenage children.

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