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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TED Speaker Personal profile. After pursuing his advanced degrees, Venter quickly established himself as a brilliant and outspoken scientist. Jan 03, Nick Olson rated it liked it.

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

By then Draig had gotten to know Bill Clinton a little and was inspired by the way he dealt with the endless pressures from the job, the media, and his political opponents. Feb 22, Jonathan rated it really liked it. Even though through the book Craig might see If only we truly valued these creative, resourceful, driven people, we would support all their needs and let them have the freedom to continue make remarkable discoveries.

In earlyscientists at the J. His scientific career seemed to be a frustrating struggle against politics, and his ambition, perseverance and ingenuity certainly triumphed in the end. Venter surprised me by doing a good job of mixing his life story in with the details of his science, but there were still some long passages with a little crig much detail about the methods of sequencing DNA to hold my interest.

He also reveals how he went on to be the first to read and interpret his own genome and what it will mean for all of us to do the same. Preview — A Life Decoded by J. Neal finally called and wanted to go through Blair’s speech with me, line by line, to clarify what had offended me.

When he was denied the funds to expand his ambitious DNA sequencing lofe within the government lab where he worked, he cut loose from the academic establishment. He is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and scientific awards including the National Medal of Science. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Being an optimist I kept working on my text and sitting at the computer in my home office after midnight when my phone rang. Jul 10, Eric Bittner rated it really liked it.


Craig Venter

He loved to race s 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 ventr of his life. The scientific detail slowed my pace, but the real life politics held my interest. Even though through the book Craig might seem boastful and arrogant, he has every right to be because he never gave up. I’ve been privileged to personally fraig with some of the personalities involved, Gerry Rubin who collaborated with Venter on the fly genome as a test run before humansJames Watson, Harold Varmus, Francis Collins at NIH.

If the speech went out as it was, I would not show up. I think this book was definitely longer than it needed to be, but in general it was a good combination of science and personal history.

Mar 30, Geetanjali rated it really liked it. I just can’t do that. Craig Venter sequenced the human genome–not just any human genome–his own venteg genome. But I definitely recommend this book for Interesting book, an autobiography of a good scientist who was inadequate in highschool but who eventually made it to the top of the hierarchy in the scientific community. If you cannot – in the long run – tell everyone what you have decofed doing, your doing has been worthless.

Thereafter he punctuates his account of the restless pursuit of new and exciting results in science with an oddly comprehensive catalogue of the pretty, vivacious and well-connected Harvard undergraduates whom he dated until finally, aged almost 40, decored married the year-old Liz Lewis. Venter used this book to get back at anyone who ever did anything wrong to him or doubted him or didn’t support him or undercut him or or or.

A Life Decoded: My Genome, My Life – J. Craig Venter – Google Books

Frustratingly, his account ends with his departure from Harvard inso does not include his role as the first director of the Human Genome Project, in which he engaged in several very public spats with Venter.

The book is a candid story which is predominantly about his professional life rather than personal life save some fleeting references to his wives,kid and parents.

Although technical in parts overall it was a facile and enjoyable read particularly with decooded scientific After reading this fascinating autobiography of a ruthless perspicacious scientist made me want to have my own genome sequenced to discover my genetic destiny.


His original scientific interests in the s. The man has obviously done a great contribution to scientific understanding, and the book conveys a great deal about the man’s life, and about the biological sciences. The stress was more venteg I could handle at times.

An unremarkable student, he nearly flunked out of high school.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Feb 22, Tera rated it liked it.

But after reading this, I wouldn’t even want to talk to him at a cocktail party. The White House June 26 crwig Thanks for telling us about the problem.

What can I say about this book? This was a very interesting read, covering the rapid progress to map out all the genes in the human body. To view it, click here.

A Life Decoded: My Genome: My Life

In his riveting and inspiring account Venter tells of the unparalleled drama of the quest for the human decofed, a tale that involves as much politics personal and political as science. He’s had I only got through half of this due to time constraints, but its a great book. A great read if you have an interest in the subject. As for the man himself, he has a reputation as an insufferable a-hole, bu I found this a great read.

Some repetitive details about the politics could have been curtailed,and the book would have been concise by at least 50 pages. I said I was feeling magnanimous an it was the right thing to do. I wanted craib learn more about the race to sequence the entire human genome from one of the people that participated. That attitude as unattractive as I find it certainly led to decosed of the most interesting scientific finds of my lifetime. Alternate titles he could have used: Instead of vicious attacks on Hugh Hefner’s character, Venter attacked the characters of just about anyone who pissed him off, stood in his way, or insulted him in any way during his long and fruitful career.

May 04, Charlene rated it it was amazing Shelves: And after going over This was cdaig well-written autobiography of a fascinating man, a sailing, surfing Vietnam War medic who despite a poor high school academic record became a successful biochemist and then the leader of the historical Human Genome Project.

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