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Science is politics by other means,
This review is from: A Life Decoded: My Genome: My Life (Penguin Press Science) (Paperback)
If you ever were mistaken in thinking that science was the rational pursuit of objective knowledge, this autobiography will finally cure you of that misconception. This is a brilliant account of how one man's drive to be the best in science sets him against most of his contemporaries, including the Nobel Laureate James Watson. Venter's grant applications for cutting-edge work are blocked through jealousy, hatred and spite; and Venter is not exempt from political motivation in his various ventures.
Part of Venter's genius was to realise early on that great strides forward in genetic research would only come through using the most up-to-date robotics and computing to automate sequencing. This set everyone else against him, partly because their slow methods of work enabled each to gain fame for his or her own bit of DNA: a process and scientific world blown apart by Venter.
Venter intersperses his account with a running commentary on his sailing exploits, which breaks up the narrative. Some of the science could have been explained more simply, but you can hum through the bits you don't know because the basic story steams on. Riveting.