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Craig Venter in "A Life Deoded" sets out to detail his involvement in the unraveling of the Human Genome. This is a great story and a wonderful read. Opening autobiographical sections drag a little, but things pick up when his research begins. His sections on the establishment of TIGR, Celera, and JCVI are more interesting than one might imagine.
That said, an autobiography must be biased and one sided (as the author points out in the introduction). Yet his descriptions of political hazards of funding biological research are worth reading. The listener will benefit from the information about Genes and the research in general.
Craig's first two marriages came apart. He missed out on raising his son from the first. Craig seems to regret his loss, but never really reflects on the price paid by his son for his glory. His son paid for the Human Genome project as well. I wonder if Craig ever took his son along to share his visits with the Clinton's in the White House?
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-The storyline is classic: a horrifying vietnam experience motivates Venter to "live life to its fullest". Provides great insight into the personal motivations of a world class scientist.
- Good balance of the "tabloid politics" with the hardcore science of sequencing the human genome. Note, prior genetics knowledge is not required, but it will definitely enrich the experience.
-Also, I thought the Narration was excellent.
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