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Cracking the Genome: Inside the Race to Unlock Human DNA
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Johns Hopkins Univ Pr
Publication date October 29, 2002
Pages 336
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780801871405
ISBN-10 0801871409
Dimensions 0.50 by 5.75 by 9.50 in.
Weight 1.15 lbs.
Original list price $27.00
Other format details university press
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In 1953, James Watson and Francis Crick unveiled the double helix structure of DNA. The discovery was a profound moment in the history of science, but solving the structure of the genetic material did not reveal what the human genome sequence actually was, or what it says about who we are. Cracking the code of life would take another half a century.

In 2001, two rival teams of scientists shared the acclaim for sequencing the human genome. Kevin Davies, founding editor of Nature Genetics, has relentlessly followed the story as it unfolded week by week since the dawn of the Human Genome Project in 1990. Here, in rich human and scientific detail, is the compelling story of one of the greatest scientific feats ever accomplished: the sequencing of the human genome.

In brilliant, accessible prose, Davies captures the drama of this momentous achievement, drawing on his own genetics expertise and on interviews with the key scientists. Davies details the fraught rivalry between the public consortium, chaperoned by Francis Collins, and Celera Genomics, directed by sequencer J. Craig Venter. And in this newly updated edition, Davies sheds light on the secrets of the sequence, highlighting the myriad ways in which genomics will impact human health for the generations to come.

Cracking the Genome is the definitive, balanced account of how the code that holds the answer to the origin of life, the evolution of humanity, and the future of medicine was finally broken.



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Hardcover
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from Free Pr (January 1, 2001)
9780743204798 | details & prices | 310 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.25 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $25.00
About: A story of the race to crack the secrets of the human genome captures all the drama of the players involved, the project's leaders, Francis Collins and Craig Venter, and the secrets behind the most important scientific achievement of our time.
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from Johns Hopkins Univ Pr (October 29, 2002)
9780801871405 | details & prices | 336 pages | 5.75 × 9.50 × 0.50 in. | 1.15 lbs | List price $27.00
About: In 1953, James Watson and Francis Crick unveiled the double helix structure of DNA.

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