By J. Craig Venter
The positive memoir of the guy at the back of one of many maximum feats in medical history
Of the entire clinical achievements of the earlier century, possibly none can fit the decoding of the human genetic code, either for its technical brilliance and for its implications for our destiny. In A existence Decoded, J. Craig Venter strains his upward thrust from an uninspired scholar to at least one of the main attention-grabbing and arguable figures in technological know-how at the present time. right here, Venter relates the unheard of drama of the search to decode the human genome - a aim he anticipated he might in attaining years prior and extra cost effectively than the government-sponsored Human Genome undertaking, and one who he fulfilled in 2001. an exciting tale of detection, A existence Decoded can be a revealing, and infrequently troubling, examine how technological know-how is practiced this present day.
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The irritating Trivial Pursuit people loved to ask about old-timey entertainment, the kind before DVDs and stalkerazzi. “This character has the same-sized vocabulary as you do,” said Eric. I knew what he was driving at. “Frankenstein,” I said. “Nope. ” And so it went. In the end, Eric beat me six wedges to two, but not before asking me if I wouldn’t prefer a game more suited to my intellect, like Go Fish. I know Trivial Pursuit is just that—trivial. Still, this was a disturbingly effective reminder of my patches of ignorance—which now included politics, economics, literature, history, geography, and anything else you wouldn’t find on the E!
How many feet in a fathom? Six. Who wrote “Stardust”? Hoagy Carmichael. Who discovered Victoria Falls? David Livingstone. Eric occasionally had to think a bit. He’d tilt his head and look at the ceiling, as if the answer were written there. Which it apparently was. Because he’d almost always figure out that Varig Airlines is from Brazil and the like. My piece, on the other hand, remained empty. Hollow. If you listened closely, you could hear a tiny echo in it. ” asked Eric. I sat there trying to remember what the hell my geometry teacher had taught me in ninth grade, but could recall only that he had a thick German accent and a comb-over.
Damn you, Hollywood! You stole the idea from the Aztecs. Damn you to hell! I polish off the monkey-fixated Aztecs, and just like that, I’m done with the A’s. It’s been two weeks, and I am now one twenty-sixth of my way to the summit. 8 percent of all the knowledge in the world. I slam my Britannica shut and do a little touchdown dance. Yes! I am the alpha male. And yet, do I feel smarter? Have I proved my skeptical aunt Marti wrong yet? Well, I do know a lot more information, but in a way, I’m feeling more insecure than ever.