Drawing the Map of Life

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Drawing the Map of Life

Inside the Human Genome Project

By Victor K. McElheny

Basic Books (AZ), Hardcover, 9780465043330, 361pp.

Publication Date: June 22, 2010

Description
"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.



About the Author
McElheny has built a distinguished career in science journalism writing for The New York Times, Science, the BBC, and Technology review.