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. 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.

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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. Together with his friends, Venter came up with the idea to race the airplanes on the runway. Pilots occasionally notified the control tower, which then dispatched the airport police.

But because the runway was such a long way from the terminal, the boys could always escape easily. So, in the seventh grade he built an electronic scoreboard for the junior high school baseball field.

In his woodworking class, instead of making furniture, he built a complex hydroplane, a motorboat based on a new design that had set a speed record of 60 mph. The young Venter would do anything to get his hands on the material he needed to build things from scratch. Key ideas in this title During his childhood, Venter discovered that he loved taking risks, facing challenges and constructing.

Being a hospital corpsman in the Vietnam War gave Venter medical training — and changed his understanding of life itself. Venter embarked on a meteoric scientific career at the University of California. Venter became a controversial scientist for attempting to patent genes and for continuing his research at a private institute. Venter was the first to decode the genome of a living species and one of the first to decode the human genome. Venter publicly announced the deciphering of the human genome at the White House — and recognition for his discoveries came fast.

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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. Together with his friends, Venter came up with the idea to race the airplanes on the runway.

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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.

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A Life Decoded: My Genome: My Life

An unremarkable student, he nearly flunked out of high school. After being drafted into the army, he enlisted in the navy and went to Vietnam, where the life and death struggles he encountered as a medic piqued his interest in science and medicine. After pursuing his advanced degrees, Venter quickly established himself as a brilliant and outspoken scientist. In he joined the National Institutes of Health, where he introduced novel techniques for rapid gene discovery, and left in to form his own nonprofit genomics research center, where he sequenced the first genome in history in In he announced that he would successfully sequence the human genome years earlier, and for far less money, than the government-sponsored Human Genome Project would— a prediction he kept in

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Labelled a "high-school dropout" and a "beach bum", the young Venter nevertheless showed early drive and practical ability: he built a speedboat at the age of 11 and became a high-school swimming star. Speed was clearly going to be a theme in his life. Drafted into the US Navy, he went to Vietnam as a medical corpsman, where having narrowly survived his sea-snake encounter he found a new purpose in the desperate efforts of the medical teams to save young lives. Soon after his return he entered college, emerged six years later with a PhD and embarked on a successful career in biomedical research.

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