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A Life Decoded: My Genome: My Life

Biography / Memoir

By: J Craig Venter

390 pages, B/w plates

Penguin Books

Paperback | Mar 2012 | #176210 | ISBN-13: 9780141014418
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Hardback | Oct 2007 | #170606 | ISBN-13: 9780713997248
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In June 2000, for the first time in human history, scientists were able to unravel the mysteries contained within our genetic code. Craig Venter is the brilliant maverick who had made this happen. And since then, in 2006, he has gone on to decode the whole of his own genome, the first complete genome of any single human being. In "A Life Decoded" he tells his extraordinary life story from childhood, the young rebel running wild on the tracks, all the way through to the present day. It's a tale that includes Presidents, Prime Ministers and kings, princes of capitalism and science, but it is also a voyage of discovery through Venter's self-examination, his scientific accomplishments and his own genetic code. In life Craig Venter has pushed back the boundaries of the possible. "A Life Decoded" is the ultimate autobiography, asking us what we can ever really know of ourselves.

&i;'The media has called Venter many things: maverick, publicity hound, risk-taker, brash, controversial, genius, manic, rebellious, visionary, audacious, arrogant, feisty, determined, provocative. His autobiography shows that they are all justified'.&o;
- Jan Witkowski, Nature Vol 449, October 2007.

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J. Craig Venter is one of the leading scientists of the 21st century. He has made visionary contributions in genomic research. He is founder and president of the J. Craig Venter Institute and the J. Craig Venter Science Foundation.

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