Cracking the Genome: Inside the Race to Unlock Human DNA

JHU Press, 2002 - 327 páginas

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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CRACKING THE GENOME: Inside the Race to Unlock Human DNA

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A reprise of the saga to map and sequence the human genome by the savvy founding editor of Nature Genetics.Davies spotlights the role of J. Craig Venter, whose private firm Celera was both goad and ... Leer reseña completa

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Interesting reading with a lot of historical and anecdotal information throughout, which makes it palatable for the lay person. My favourite chapter is the Story of Us (Chapter 8) which details ... Leer reseña completa


ONE Knights of the Double Helix
TEN The Eighth Day
TWO Reading the Book of Life 33
SIX Treasures of the Lost Worlds 119
NINE The Croesus Code 192
ELEVEN The Language of God 236
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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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