Cracking the Genome Inside the Race to Unlock Human DNA
Edition: 2002 (Reprint)
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Description: In 1953, James Watson and Francis Crick unveiled the double helix structure of DNA. The discovery was a profound moment in the history of science, but solving the structure of the genetic material did not reveal what the human genome sequence actually was, or what it says about who we are. Cracking the code of life would take another half a century. In 2001, two rival teams of scientists shared the acclaim for sequencing the human genome. Kevin Davies, founding editor of Nature Genetics, has relentlessly followed the story as it unfolded week by week since the dawn of the Human Genome Project in 1990. Here, in rich human and scientific detail, is the compelling story of one of the greatest scientific feats ever accomplished: the sequencing of the human genome. In brilliant, accessible prose, Davies captures the drama of this momentous achievement, drawing on his own genetics expertise and on interviews with the key scientists. Davies details the fraught rivalry between the public consortium, chaperoned by Francis Collins, and Celera Genomics, directed by sequencer J. Craig Venter. And in this newly updated edition, Davies sheds light on the secrets of the sequence, highlighting the myriad ways in which genomics will impact human health for the generations to come. Cracking the Genome is the definitive, balanced account of how the code that holds the answer to the origin of life, the evolution of humanity, and the future of medicine was finally broken.
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List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 10/29/2002
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
|Preface to the Johns Hopkins Edition|
|Knights of the Double Helix: The Quest for Biology's Holy Grail|
|Reading the Book of Life: A Quick Voyage around the Human Genome|
|The Eye of the TIGR: J. Craig Venter--Maverick Sequencer|
|Loading the Bases: Francis Collins and the DNA Detectives|
|The Circle of Life: Decoding the First Free-Living Creatures|
|Treasures of the Lost Worlds: The Keys to Human Disease from Tristan da Cunha to Iceland|
|Prize Fight: The Creation of Celera Genomics|
|The Story of Us: The Secrets of Who We Are|
|The Croesus Code: Passion, Personality, and Profit|
|The Eighth Day: Braving the New World of Designer Genes|
|The Language of God: A Defining Moment in the History of the Human Race|