By J. Craig Venter
The effective memoir of the guy at the back of one of many maximum feats in medical history
Of all of the clinical achievements of the previous century, maybe none can fit the decoding of the human genetic code, either for its technical brilliance and for its implications for our destiny. In A existence Decoded, J. Craig Venter strains his upward thrust from an uninspired scholar to 1 of the main interesting and arguable figures in technology at the present time. the following, Venter relates the unheard of drama of the hunt to decode the human genome?a aim he expected he may perhaps in attaining years previous and extra cost effectively than the government-sponsored Human Genome venture, 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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O n one occasion I snuck away from m y family to hang out with m y friends under the bleachers, where they drank U I R I T M G my CODE 15 beer and smoked. 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.
Everyone felt passionately that he had right on his side. Apart from the sheer excitement of the science that is at the heart of this book, I hope, too, that m y story will serve as an inspiration. M y early years were hardly a model of focus, discipline, and direction. N o one who met me as a teenager could have imagined m y going into research and making impor tant discoveries. N o one could have predicted the arc of m y career. N o one could have seen m e rise to h e a d a major research effort.
But half a century ago the life of the average kid was unstruc tured and often unobserved. I was lucky that liberty was a family tradition. As a child m y m o t h e r loved to climb barefoot on the cliffs in Ocean Beach near San Diego. M y father had grown up fly-fishing on the Snake River in Idaho and spent summers working on his uncle's W y o m i n g cattle ranch. " Given this heady license, I discovered that I loved taking risks and facing challenges—a side of m e that I have n o t yet outgrown.