The Sequence - Inside the race for the Human Genome

 
9780143027652: The Sequence - Inside the race for the Human Genome
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Kevin Davies
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ISBN 10: 0143027654 ISBN 13: 9780143027652
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Book Description Penguin. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Contents: Introduction. 1. Knights of the double helix. 2. Reading the book of life. 3. The eye of the TIGR. 4. Loading the bases. 5. The circle of life. 6. Treasures of the lost worlds. 7. Prize fight. 8. The story of us. 9. The Croesus code. 10. The eighth day. 11. The language of God. Notes. Index. "In the mid-1980s, a group of scientists began to formulate a plan to assemble the complete sequence of all 3 billion letters of human DNA. After years of argument about the cost and wisdom of a quest to systematically sequence our genetic makeup, the human genome project finally got under way in 1990, with 2005 as the scheduled year of completion. "When the project was launched as a joint venture between the US and UK governments in 1990, it was inconceivable that anyone else would have the technology, the expertise or the financial resources to even enter the race, let alone win it. In 1998, however, the brash scientist, millionaire and world-class Yachtsman J. Craig Venter announced that his company, Celera, would use high-powered sequencing machines to complete the sequence from scratch, in three years. "Going beyond the headlines and the newsprint, The Sequence tells the compelling story of the race between the official government-sponsored project led by the brilliant geneticist Francis Collins, and the renegade biotech company founded by Venter. Venter's aim was to be able to patent hundreds of genes and sell precious information about the genome sequence to the pharmaceutical industry, for a fortune. Collins's brief was to speed up an unwieldy 310 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 39889

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