Drawing the Map of Life: Inside the Human Genome Project

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Drawing the Map of Life takes the story of the Human Genome Project from its origins, through the race to its accomplishment, and on to today’s vast efforts to exploit the complete, ordered sequence of the 3 billion subunits of DNA, the molecule of heredity. It is the first account to deal in depth and balance with the intellectual roots of the project, the motivations that drove it, and the hype that often masked genuine triumphs. McElheny profiles key people, such as David Botstein, Eric Lander, Francis ...
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Overview


Drawing the Map of Life takes the story of the Human Genome Project from its origins, through the race to its accomplishment, and on to today’s vast efforts to exploit the complete, ordered sequence of the 3 billion subunits of DNA, the molecule of heredity. It is the first account to deal in depth and balance with the intellectual roots of the project, the motivations that drove it, and the hype that often masked genuine triumphs. McElheny profiles key people, such as David Botstein, Eric Lander, Francis Collins, Watson, Michael Hunkapiller and Craig Venter. He also shows that, besides being a major event in the history of science, one that is revolutionizing medicine, the Human Genome Project is a striking example of how new techniques and instruments (such as restriction enzymes and sequencing methods), often arriving first, shape the type of questions scientists then ask.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465028955
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Series: A Merloyd Lawrence Book
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 952,130
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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Victor McElheny is a distinguished science journalist who has covered the revolution in molecular biology for the New York Times, Boston Globe, and Science for nearly three decades. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he ran the Knight Science Journalism Fellowships. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Building the Toolbox 1

2 Getting Started 35

3 Scaling Up 79

4 Crisis 121

5 Surprises 167

6 Human Variety 195

7 The Struggle for Medical Relevance 227

Afterword: Explosive Innovation and Daunting Challenges 259

Acronyms 271

Notes 273

Acknowledgments 351

Index 355

About the Author 373

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