Decoding Our DNA

Decoding Our DNA

Craig Venter Vs. the Human Genome Project

Book - 2013
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In the mid-1980s, geneticists proposed a daring project to sequence the human genome, to figure out the exact order of the three billion chemical pairs that make up human DNA. This could help scientists understand how our bodies work and help doctors diagnose, treat, and prevent certain diseases. The Human Genome Project launched in 1990, with scientists around the world collaborating. They worked slowly and methodically. By 1991 one of these scientists, Craig Venter, fed up with the HGP's slow pace, challenged the HGP to move faster and started his own company to compete with the HGP. Racing neck and neck, the two organizations reached their goal years ahead of schedule. But the challenge also led to a bitter public argument, especially over who could use the sequence and how. This book reveals how ambition, persistence, ego, greed, and principle combined--often with explosive results--in the quest to decode our DNA.--From publisher description.
Publisher: Minneapolis, MN : Twenty-First Century Books, c2013
ISBN: 9780761354895
Branch Call Number: J/ 611.0181 BALLEN
Characteristics: 64 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm


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