The Genome War - How Craig Venter Tried to Capture the Code of Life and Save the World-logo

The Genome War - How Craig Venter Tried to Capture the Code of Life and Save the World

James Shreeve

The long-awaited story of the science, the business, the politics, the intrigue behind the scenes of the most ferocious competition in the history of modern science-the race to map the human genome. On May 10, 1998, biologist Craig Venter, director of the Institute for Genomic Research, announced that he was forming a private company that within three years would unravel the complete genetic code of human life-seven years before the projected finish of the U.S. government's Human Genome Project. Venter hoped that by decoding the genome ahead of schedule, he would speed up the pace of biomedical research and save the lives of thousands of people. He also hoped to become very famous and very rich. Calling his company Celera (from the Latin for "speed"), he assembled a small group of scientists in an empty building in Rockville, Maryland, and set to work. At the same time, the leaders of the government program, under the direction of Francis Collins, head of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health, began to mobilize an unexpectedly unified effort to beat Venter to the prize-knowledge that had the potential to revolutionize medicine and society. The stage was set for one of the most thrilling-and important-dramas in the history of science. The Genome War is the definitive account of that drama-the race for the greatest prize biology has had to offer, told by a writer with exclusive access to Venter's operation from start to finish. It is also the story of how one man's ambition created a scientific Camelot where, for a moment, it seemed that the competing interests of pure science and commercial profit might be gloriously reconciled-and the national repercussions that resulted when that dream went awry. From the Hardcover edition.

The long-awaited story of the science, the business, the politics, the intrigue behind the scenes of the most ferocious competition in the history of modern science-the race to map the human genome. On May 10, 1998, biologist Craig Venter, director of the Institute for Genomic Research, announced that he was forming a private company that within three years would unravel the complete genetic code of human life-seven years before the projected finish of the U.S. government's Human Genome Project. Venter hoped that by decoding the genome ahead of schedule, he would speed up the pace of biomedical research and save the lives of thousands of people. He also hoped to become very famous and very rich. Calling his company Celera (from the Latin for "speed"), he assembled a small group of scientists in an empty building in Rockville, Maryland, and set to work. At the same time, the leaders of the government program, under the direction of Francis Collins, head of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health, began to mobilize an unexpectedly unified effort to beat Venter to the prize-knowledge that had the potential to revolutionize medicine and society. The stage was set for one of the most thrilling-and important-dramas in the history of science. The Genome War is the definitive account of that drama-the race for the greatest prize biology has had to offer, told by a writer with exclusive access to Venter's operation from start to finish. It is also the story of how one man's ambition created a scientific Camelot where, for a moment, it seemed that the competing interests of pure science and commercial profit might be gloriously reconciled-and the national repercussions that resulted when that dream went awry. From the Hardcover edition.
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The long-awaited story of the science, the business, the politics, the intrigue behind the scenes of the most ferocious competition in the history of modern science-the race to map the human genome. On May 10, 1998, biologist Craig Venter, director of the Institute for Genomic Research, announced that he was forming a private company that within three years would unravel the complete genetic code of human life-seven years before the projected finish of the U.S. government's Human Genome Project. Venter hoped that by decoding the genome ahead of schedule, he would speed up the pace of biomedical research and save the lives of thousands of people. He also hoped to become very famous and very rich. Calling his company Celera (from the Latin for "speed"), he assembled a small group of scientists in an empty building in Rockville, Maryland, and set to work. At the same time, the leaders of the government program, under the direction of Francis Collins, head of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health, began to mobilize an unexpectedly unified effort to beat Venter to the prize-knowledge that had the potential to revolutionize medicine and society. The stage was set for one of the most thrilling-and important-dramas in the history of science. The Genome War is the definitive account of that drama-the race for the greatest prize biology has had to offer, told by a writer with exclusive access to Venter's operation from start to finish. It is also the story of how one man's ambition created a scientific Camelot where, for a moment, it seemed that the competing interests of pure science and commercial profit might be gloriously reconciled-and the national repercussions that resulted when that dream went awry. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Erik Singer

Length:

5h 58m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:19


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:56


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:17


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:14


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:36


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:51


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:23


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:59


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:08


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:26


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:19


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

02:18


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:57


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:12


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:59


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:36


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:07


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:50


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:39


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:31


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:51


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:40


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:17


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:46


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:19


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:31


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:13


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:14


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:46


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

02:56


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:53


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:27


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:22


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:31


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:47


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:59


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:29


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:44


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:59


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:45


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:43


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:56


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:11


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:52


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:24


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:43


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:36


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:50


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:37


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:26


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:35


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:22


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:46


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:37


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:42


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:45


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:30


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:55


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:38


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:05


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:03


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:21


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:21