The Scientist Who First Sequenced the Human Genome

One of the great landmarks in the history of science – and of humanity – occurred when J. Craig Venter published the first sequence and analysis of the human genome. What made this event so remarkable was not just the accomplishment, but the fact that it was achieved faster and for less money than the government-sponsored Human Genome Project. A Life Decoded is the story of how the human genome was mapped and the politics of big science.

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