CRAIG VENTER A LIFE DECODED PDF

E-mail: ude. On the back cover are blurbs in praise, not of the book, but of J. Craig Venter. 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 about 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 Venter , and 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 microbes in full.

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E-mail: ude. On the back cover are blurbs in praise, not of the book, but of J. Craig Venter. 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 about 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 Venter , and 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 microbes 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 the 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. 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 few 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.

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A Life Decoded

Instead of the Playboy mansion it was the world of science. Like Holly Madison, Venter engaged in very little self reflection of his own behavior while, at the same time, being keenly What can I say about this book? Like Holly Madison, Venter engaged in very little self reflection of his own behavior while, at the same time, being keenly aware of every fault in those around him. Mistakes were certainly made, but not by him! The end result was a science tell all that was addictive to read, which also possibly included many inaccuracies. So why 5 stars?

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A Life Decoded: My Genome: My Life

Start free Blinkist trial Upgrade to Premium Read or listen now Synopsis A Life Decoded is the autobiography of the prominent American biochemist and geneticist Craig Venter, who played a key role in one of the greatest scientific achievements of our time — the deciphering of the human genetic code. These blinks describe the personal experiences that drove his scientific research, even at times when his methods were attacked by the scientific community. Key idea 1 of 9 During his childhood, Venter discovered that he loved taking risks, facing challenges and constructing. Among J. As a young boy, Venter loved taking risks and facing challenges. One of his favorite destinations was the local airport, San Francisco International Airport, where he would watch the planes taking off and landing.

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