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The world was agog when scientists made the astounding announcement that they had successfully sequenced the human genome. Few contributed so directly . Few scientific events have generated more furor and excitement than the sequence of the human genome—humanity's common thread. The complete sequence.
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Though many feared that this mega-project would siphon away federal funds from important biological problems, the scientific community and the lay public alike have been both fascinated by the controversy and excited by the possibility of decoding the book of life. It is perhaps fair to say that the increased public awareness and US federal support in the last decade was fueled by the promise that the sequence of the human genome will help in finding cures for many diseases. John Sulston--a key player in sequencing the human genome--has written an account of the politics, personalities, ambitions, ethics and commercial aspects of one of the largest international scientific operations.
Though cowritten with Georgina Ferry, it is Sulston's story, written in his voice.
Sulston was a chemistry undergraduate who by chance became a biologist and reluctantly grew into the leadership role of this mammoth undertaking. After a short post-doc at The Salk Institute working on the synthesis of prebiotic nucleic acids, he Author: Inder M. Date: Dec.