The Genome War
- How Craig Venter Tried to Capture the Code of Life and Save the World
- Narrated by: Erik Singer
- Length: 6 hrs
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 02-05-04
- Language: English
- Publisher: Random House Audio
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At the same time, the leaders of the government program, under the direction of Francis Collins, head of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health, began to mobilize an unexpectedly unified effort to beat Venter to the prize, knowledge that had the potential to revolutionize medicine and society.
The stage was set for one of the most thrilling, and important, dramas in the history of science. The Genome War is the definitive account of that drama: the race for the greatest prize biology has had to offer, told by a writer with exclusive access to Venter's operation from start to finish. It is also the story of how one man's ambition created a scientific Camelot where, for a moment, it seemed that the competing interests of pure science and commercial profit might be gloriously reconciled, and the national repercussions that resulted when that dream went awry.
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By Andrew on 05-03-05
I learned a lot about competing interests between the public and private sectors. The book showed how typical scientists think, and how one scientist, Venter, struggled to reconcile his scientific mentality with business concerns. My criterion for a good book is one that I devote all of my free time to until it is finished, and this book fell under that category. I had the audio abridged version and finished it within a week. Recommended!
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