You learn not only about the science of the human genome but you learn about the competition that went on between the private sector and government funded projects. I found the story of Dr. Venter very interesting. After listening to this audio book I am eager to learn of new discoveries and new drugs that are made possible by the mapping of the human genome. Guess I'll have to get a subscription to Scientific American now.
Yes! It's a great story and a great read. There's a lot of science here and wonderful characters, too. Very satisfying.
Craig Venter is a true giant of science, and you have to love his boldness and bluntness. He should have won the Nobel several times over by now. The fact that he hasn't is a bit of a scandal.
He understands what he's reading, and he gives it just the right touch of humor or irony when that's called for. A great voice. I never lost interest.
I listen in my car, but there were a number of times when I sat for a few extra minutes when I got where I was going. I wanted to keep listening -- but then I didn't want it to end!
I'm not in the habit of writing reviews, but I felt I had to for this book. It's just an excellent story, beautifully told, and beautifully read. I recently listened to Craig Venter's "My Life Decoded," which covers the same ground as this book, and I enjoyed it as well, but James Shreeve's treatment is a marvel of exposition. He has a genius for finding just the right metaphor for explaining difficult concepts in memorable -- and often funny -- images. And Grover Gardner's performance is superb, with just the right dash of irony when it's called for. If you're interested in genomics, or biology -- or science, for that matter -- I recommend this book very, very highly.
Quite a few see Criag Venter as villian. But I'd wager none who have read this book. Craig Venter might possibly be the most important man in this or the previous century. Perhaps in both.
He might have thrown biotech 20 years ahead of where it might have been without him. And he is still working.
I can't for the life of me remember why I bought this book. I had some degree of interest in the subject because I read about Crick and Watson discovering the DNA double helix when I was in medical school. This story is history, and the supurb author makes it as interesting as he can. I particularly liked the way he created similies and then turned them into metaphors. But I think the book, unabridged, was too long. I never order the unabridged books, but sometimes an exception could be made.