In a fell swoop, life was a little better understood, and evolution was seen in a whole new light. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. The narrative has the most detail in covering his Vietnam experiences, and then his experiences in competing with government-funded human genome project. Craig Venter envisioned the role of genomics in the molecular biology and converted into reality. Autobiography is a fraught field. A little decoding reveals the metaphor: Venter has always been the daring underdog, taking the race to more powerful forces. It seems like it could be a real find of intellectual porn.
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. Then it becomes Toot Toot! I didn't have the patience to read the actual book so I just listened to the audiobook. Certainly a significant scientist, even if the most important elements of his career may not be the most famous ones. I at least had some background from a college course and that was sufficient enough to enjoy the book. This was a very interesting read, covering the rapid progress to map out all the genes in the human body.
I took a full year biology class last year and I believe that that was needed because he does talk about biology a lot. Note, prior genetics knowledge is not required, but it will definitely enrich the experience. Out of desperation, Venter once embarked on an ocean swim off China Beach intending to kill himself, he says, before changing his mind. One recent one made the claim was that this was a book mostly by the author to name and shame almost everyone who ever did anything wrong to him. One recent one made the claim was that this was a book mostly by the author to name and shame almost everyone who ever did anything wrong to him. Lots of insight into the politics and egos behind the sequencing of the human genome. It was a little bit like reading Holly Madison's book Down the Rabbit Hole.
What was left of the book was dry science. Should everyone who aspires to greatness try to follow his game plan of self-aggrandizement? A great read if you have an interest in the subject. I was fighting for my integrity and that of my team because we had promised to make the human genome publicly available. His account of the latter reinforces my belief that prominent people tend to be fixated about how they are portrayed in the media. Despite an often heavy burden of technical details, the personalities and machinations involved in Big Science make this an engaging read. Craig Venter and his quest to decode the human genome. Successful enterprises endure because the sum of their costs both monetary and personal are exceeded by the sum of the continuous creation of opportunities -- accomplishment of a single goal does not a successful company make -- due in part to the relationships involved, Celera did not fare well on this measure.
Being the first to achieve something is the only thing that matters A really fascinating book. I get laid a ton! In one of many sidebars on his personal genome, Venter traces his aptitude for long-distance swimming to the lack of a common mutation causing muscle fatigue. His life is much more interesting than I thought it was going to be, but towards the middle, the story runs into a bit of a thick patch - it becomes too scientific and business-like, and the magic of the early narrative his ability to use his experiences and weave them into a picture of self-discovery and life lessons runs out around this time. Well-written for the lay reader. His scientific career seemed to be a frustrating struggle against politics, and his ambition, perseverance and ingenuity certainly triumphed in the end.
Venter is a brilliant visionary and pioneer in genomic research. Then again, the human genome contest increasingly seems an unsatisfying mix of political squabbling and public posturing. I still enjoyed the book, but you need to separate a few topics: the man, the science, and the history of the science. Eventually, he became an expert on adrenaline and its effects on the body. . You don't have to have a genetics or genomics background to get into this books, but perhaps a political science background would be more useful. After pursuing his advanced degrees, Venter quickly established himself as a brilliant and outspoken scientist.
I wanted to learn more about the race to sequence the entire human genome from one of the people that participated. Craig Venter has certainly led an interesting life, but this shows again what a role personal politics plays in big science. Craig seems to regret his loss, but never really reflects on the price paid by his son for his glory. Successful enterprises endure because the sum of their costs both monetary and personal are exceeded by the sum of the continuous creation of opportunities -- accomplishment of a single goal does not a successful company make -- due in part to the relationships involved, Celera did not fare well on this measure. Craig Venter and his quest to decode the human genome.
The listener will benefit from the information about Genes and the research in general. His original scientific interests in the 1970s. I am now motivated to read the Genome Wars to try to understand the real story, from a more objective source. In 1984 he joined the National Institutes of Health, where he introduced novel techniques for rapid gene discovery, and left in 1991 to form his own nonprofit genomics research center, where he sequenced the first genome in history in 1995. It was a little bit like reading Holly Madison's book Down the Rabbit Hole. For example, I don't doubt the world of biology is filled with ego's and people making decisions based on said ego and career's rather than 'pure science'. I am now motivated to read the Genome Wars to try to understand the real story, from a more objective source.