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Craig Venter
     

Craig Venter

by Lisa Yount
 

Trailblazers in Science and Technology is a 10-volume set that profiles the lives and achievements of scientists whose work has had a major impact on a particular field. The scientist's accomplishments are discussed, including the "trailblazing" principles and personal struggles that complemented his or her work. Employing an array of primary sources-diaries,

Overview

Trailblazers in Science and Technology is a 10-volume set that profiles the lives and achievements of scientists whose work has had a major impact on a particular field. The scientist's accomplishments are discussed, including the "trailblazing" principles and personal struggles that complemented his or her work. Employing an array of primary sources-diaries, memoirs, letters, and contemporary news accounts-as well as secondary sources, the set depicts the human drama of scientific work, the challenge of research, and the exhilaration and rewards of discovery.

Startling the scientific community in 1998 by announcing that his company would map the entire sequence of human DNA within the next three years, Craig Venter launched what would become known as the "genome war," a race that pitted his private company against an international group of government-funded scientists. Though considered controversial for his outspokenness and privately funded research, Venter was simply continuing a life long pattern of pursuing "impossible quests and grand objectives," as he stated in his auto biography. Craig Venter details the life and accomplishments of this trailblazing scientist, describing his early days in California and military service in Vietnam, his aforementioned work to map the human genome, and his other numerous scientific achievements.

Craig Venter includes more than 30 color photographs and four-color line illustrations, a chronology, a glossary, a list of print and Internet resources, and an index. Trailblazers in Science and Technology is an essential set for students, teachers, and general readers that provides a factual look at the lives and accomplishments of prominent scientists.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604136623
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/2011
Series:
Trailblazers in Science and Technology Series
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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