Drawing the Map of Life: Inside the Human Genome Project [NOOK Book]

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Drawing the Map of Life is the dramatic story of the Human Genome Project from its origins, through the race to order the 3 billion subunits of DNA, to the surprises emerging as scientists seek to exploit the molecule of heredity. It’s the first account to deal in depth with the intellectual roots of the project, the motivations that drove it, and the hype that often masked genuine triumphs.

Distinguished science journalist Victor McElheny offers vivid, insightful profiles of ...

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Drawing the Map of Life: Inside the Human Genome Project

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Overview

Drawing the Map of Life is the dramatic story of the Human Genome Project from its origins, through the race to order the 3 billion subunits of DNA, to the surprises emerging as scientists seek to exploit the molecule of heredity. It’s the first account to deal in depth with the intellectual roots of the project, the motivations that drove it, and the hype that often masked genuine triumphs.

Distinguished science journalist Victor McElheny offers vivid, insightful profiles of key people, such as David Botstein, Eric Lander, Francis Collins, James Watson, Michael Hunkapiller, and Craig Venter. McElheny also shows that the Human Genome Project is a striking example of how new techniques (such as restriction enzymes and sequencing methods) often arrive first, shaping the questions scientists then ask.

Drawing on years of original interviews and reporting in the inner circles of biological science, Drawing the Map of Life is the definitive, up-to-date story of today’s greatest scientific quest. No one who wishes to understand genome mapping and how it is transforming our lives can afford to miss this book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465032600
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Series: A Merloyd Lawrence Book
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,107,134
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Victor K. McElheny, author of the much-acclaimed Watson and DNA, 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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