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The Unraveling
Review of Craig Venter’s A Life Decoded
By Peter Dizikes. The New York Times, November 11, 2007

A Life Decoded, by Craig VenterWho is Craig Venter? One answer is that he is the scientist who instigated the celebrated race between the government and his former company, Celera, to produce the first complete transcription of a human genome. By 2000, when the two parties declared their contest a tie, Venter was a media darling, a brash, entrepreneurial scientist with a taste for sailing and adventure: the Larry Ellison of the lab, the Richard Branson of biology.

Venter likes this image enough to begin his memoir, “A Life Decoded,” by describing how he and his childhood friends would race their bikes down the runways of San Francisco’s airport, briefly outpacing departing planes while angering pilots and passengers. A little decoding reveals the metaphor: Venter has always been the daring underdog, taking the race to more powerful forces.

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The New York Times, June 29, 2008

The Meaning of the Butterfly
The Boston Globe, June 8, 2008

Joseph Needham's Grand Question
Seed, May/June 2008

Pure Science
The New York Times, April 13, 2008

Nature Nurtures Learning
The Boston Globe, December 31, 2007

Genes Open New Frontier in Privacy Debate
The Boston Globe, September 24, 2007

Cambridge Scientists Put on a Show
Nature Network Boston, May 1, 2007

Edward O. Wilson Sees Accord on Climate Action
The Boston Globe, January 29, 2007

Genome Human
The New York Times, July 30, 2006

Galileo Groupies
Slate, February 3, 2006

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