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Cracking the Genome: Inside the Race to Unlock Human DNA

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By: Kevin Davies

288 pages, no illustrations

Johns Hopkins University Press

Paperback | Oct 2002 | #133177 | ISBN: 0801871409
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Hardback | Dec 2001 | #119143 | ISBN: 0743204794
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With the aid of commentary from leading scientists in the field, Davies discusses how the deciphering of our genetic code will revolutionize our lives while posing serious ethical dilemmas.

For an up-to-the-minute account of one of the most dramatic periods in present-day science, Cracking the Genome is an essential read. Sunday Times A superb job... A tantalizing glimpse of the ethical perils and technological possibilities awaiting humanity. Los Angeles Times A rollicking good tale about an enduring intellectual monument. American Scientist The race is over, and Davies was there, all along, providing the running commentary-and there, too, at the finish line. In Cracking the Genome, he hands out the prizes. The Independent Davies has tracked one of the most important stories ever to unfold. Davies helps readers understand how the deciphering of our genetic code will revolutionize our lives while posing serious ethical dilemmas. Science News An impressive job of contextualizing the science within a political, economic, and social framework, creating a lively tale as accessible to non-specialists as it is to scientists. Publishers Weekly Investors and others looking for a quick primer on the science and business of biotechnology will find this a useful guide. Business Week In Davies' prose, this story of molecular biology and the Human Genome Project is as compelling as any Arthurian legend. In a fast-moving approachable style, Davies captures the uncovering of biology's Holy Grail, relying on his own expertise in genetics and interviews with key players such as Collins and Venter. -- Margaret R. McLean History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 2004

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Kevin Davies is the founding editor of Nature Genetics and is currently editor-in-chief of Bio*IT World. He graduated from Oxford University and holds a Ph.D. in genetics from the University of London.

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