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:

Grover Gardner

Length:

14h 41m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:03


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:50


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:33


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:46


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

01:18


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

02:39


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:57


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:09


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:01


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:47


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:03


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:11


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

02:34


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:41


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:50


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:47


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:15


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:39


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

02:27


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:40


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:15


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:43


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:05


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:26


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:50


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:59


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:04


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:52


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:11


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:23


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:30


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

01:59


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:32


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:58


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:03


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:24


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:15


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:59


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:21


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:07


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:12


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:33


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:23


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:44


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:36


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:11


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:34


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:52


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:35


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:38


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:16


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:08


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:14


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:28


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

02:34


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:33


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:01


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:52


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:12


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:09


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:17


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:12


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:02


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:22


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:45


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:22


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:01


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:34


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:59


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

01:41


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:52


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:32


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:07


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:36


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:04


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:21


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:27


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

02:43


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:21


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:32


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:00


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:04


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:39


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:22


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:11


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:17


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

02:57


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:14


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:51


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:40


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:23


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:07


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:26


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:54


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:13


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:27


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:52


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:27


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:28


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:24


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:44


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:41


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:15


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:58


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

01:20


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:05


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:24


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

03:16


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:21


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

01:31


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:01


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:39


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:23


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:25


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:26


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:00


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:20


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:04


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

03:29


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

01:43


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:01


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

04:40


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:37


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

04:24


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

04:09


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

03:58


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

04:32


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

02:00


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

04:38


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

01:59


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:36


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

03:41


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

03:37


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

03:36


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

04:12


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

04:36


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

04:10


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

02:44


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

04:31


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

04:19


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

04:03


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

04:25


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

01:23


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

04:10


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

04:15


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

03:29


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

04:47


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

01:50


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

03:26


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

02:20


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

04:06


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

04:39


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

04:01


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

04:10


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

03:36


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

04:16


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

03:59


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

04:32


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

04:09


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

02:57


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

05:08


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

04:25


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

03:56


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

01:51


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

04:19


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

04:13


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

03:59


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

03:18


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

01:46


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

04:14


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

03:32


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

04:04


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

03:29


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

04:53


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

03:37


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

04:18


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

04:13


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

04:03


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

03:46


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

03:56


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

04:26


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

03:28


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

04:04


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

04:05


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

03:40


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

01:45


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

04:29


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

03:48


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

04:26


Chapter 191
Chapter 191

05:01


Chapter 192
Chapter 192

04:30


Chapter 193
Chapter 193

01:07


Chapter 194
Chapter 194

04:22


Chapter 195
Chapter 195

04:36


Chapter 196
Chapter 196

04:01


Chapter 197
Chapter 197

04:08


Chapter 198
Chapter 198

04:50


Chapter 199
Chapter 199

04:15

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