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The Common Thread Georgina Ferry

The Common Thread By Georgina Ferry

The Common Thread by Georgina Ferry


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In this personal account John Sulston takes us behind the scenes of the largest international scientific operation ever undertaken - the mapping of the human genome. He reveals the politics, controversy, ethics, personalities, setbacks and accomplishments that shaped the seven years of research.

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The Common Thread by Georgina Ferry

As the director of the Sanger Centre in Cambridge, the British arm of the international effort to map the entire human DNA sequence, John Sulston was at the very forefront of this cutting-edge research. The ultimate success of the project, despite innumerable setbacks and rogue challenges from outside competitors, is in large part thanks his determination, diplomacy and scientific know-how. The resulting wealth of information promises to be the biggest scientific and medical breakthrough in modern history. In this intimate personal account John Sulston takes us behind the scenes of the largest international scientific operation ever undertaken. He reveals the politics, controversy, ethics, personalities, setbacks and accomplishments that shaped the seven years of research. He is frank about the competition with Craig Venter and Celera Genomics that threatened to undermine the attempts by the international community to make the sequence available for all humanity. He shares with us his obvious passion for science. He takes us into closed-door meetings with Tony Blair and Bill Clinton. And as a pragmatist he shares his hopes and concerns as to how the information unlocked by the Human Genome Project will affect people's lives in the near future, how this information (and future gene sequencing) should be protected, and conjectures about how this astonishing breakthrough will lead medicine, science and our understanding of our selves.

The Common Thread Reviews

'John Sulston is more than anyone else the man who made the Human Genome Project happen.' Matt Ridley

About Georgina Ferry

JOHN SULSTON was the Director of the Sanger Centre in Cambridge, where he led the British contribution to the Human Genome Project for seven years. He is a member of the Royal Society and was knighted in the 2001 New Years Honours list for his contribution to science.

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GOR011173468
9780593048016
0593048016
The Common Thread by Georgina Ferry
Used - Like New
Hardback
Transworld Publishers Ltd
2002-02-04
320
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The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins

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