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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (259 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. Craig Venter Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Of all the scientific achievements of the past century, perhaps none can match the deciphering of the human genetic code, both for its technical brilliance and for its implications for our future. In A Life Decoded, J. Craig Venter traces his rise from an uninspired student to one of the most fascinating and controversial figures in science today. Here, Venter relates the unparalleled drama of the quest to decode the human genome? A goal he predicted he could achieve years earlier and more cheaply than the government-sponsored Human Genome Project, and one that he fulfilled in 2001. A thrilling story of detection, A Life Decoded is also a revealing, and often troubling, look at how science is practiced today.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A Life Decoded offers a window into the life and mind of a scientist who…has indisputably become an extraordinary figure.”

    Science

  • “[The] media has called Venter many things: maverick, publicity hound, risk-taker, brash, controversial, genius, manic, rebellious, visionary, audacious, arrogant, feisty, determined, provocative. His autobiography shows that they are all justified.”

    Nature

  • “[Venter is] not just trying to understand how life works; he’s trying to make it work for him, and for us.”

    Atlantic

  • “This is well worth reading for the fascinating perspective it offers on one of the major scientific discoveries of all time.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Virginia | 2/15/2014

    " I got to page 97 and found the science way over my head. I am sure it is wonderful for anyone who understands all the scientific terms! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ken Roebuck | 1/22/2014

    " After reading this fascinating autobiography of a ruthless perspicacious scientist made me want to have my own genome sequenced to discover my genetic destiny. The most interesting chapters detail the behind the scenes intrigue and political maneuverings encompassing the competing interests of the bureaucratic government and the hubristic private sector for the high stakes glory of big science. Although technical in parts overall it was a facile and enjoyable read particularly with my scientific background. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Carrie | 1/16/2014

    " changed my mind about j craig venter... and the science of the human genome project. a must-read for any wannabe geneticist! warning: he's an egomaniac (which would have been really annoying, but he's really pretty cool, so it's forgiven). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Melissa | 1/13/2014

    " The information in the book was very interesting for a science nerd like me. However, Dr. Venter's self-importance and pompousness far outweigh the story, making the book less than enjoyable. "

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About the Author
Author J. Craig Venter

J. Craig Venter is one of the leading scientists of the twenty-first century and president of the J. Craig Venter Institute. A pioneer in the world of genomic research, he is recognized for his visionary contributions to the field. In February 2001, Venter published the completed sequence of the human genome. He lives near Washington, DC.