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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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Growing up in California, J. Craig Venter didn't appear to have much of a future. An unremarkable student, he nearly flunked out of high school. After being drafted into the army, he enlisted in the navy and went to Vietnam, where the life-and-death struggles he encountered as a medic piqued his interest in science and medicine. After pursuing his advanced degrees, Venter quickly established himself as a brilliant and outspoken scientist. In 1984, he joined the National Institutes of Health, where he introduced novel techniques for rapid gene discovery, and left in 1991 to form his own nonprofit genomics research center, where he sequenced the first genome in history in 1995. In 1998, he announced that he would successfully sequence the human genome years earlier and for far less money than the government-sponsored Human Genome Project would-a prediction that came to pass in 2001. A Life Decoded is the triumphant story of one of the most fascinating and controversial figures in science today. In this riveting and inspiring account, Venter tells of the unparalleled drama of the quest for the human genome, a tale that involves as much politics as science. He also reveals how he went on to be the first to read and interpret his own genome and what it will mean for all of us to do the same. He describes his recent sailing expedition to sequence microbial life in the ocean, as well as his groundbreaking attempt to create synthetic life. Here is one of the key scientific chronicles of our lifetime, as told by the man who beat the odds to make it happen. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • Well worth reading for the fascinating perspective it offers on one of the major scientific discoveries of all time. Publishers Weekly
  • A Life Decoded offers a window into the life and mind of a scientist who…has indisputably become an extraordinary figure.”


  • “[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.”


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


  • “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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