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The Common Thread Paperback – 2 Mar 2003
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Although the story of how the sequence was untangled would in itself be a remarkable and noteworthy topic for a book, the fact that it became a battle between private business and publicly funded scientists to unlock the genetic code makes it even more fascinating.
The book becomes a chronology of the race to find the sequence between a public group of scientists determined to keep the knowledge public for the sake of science and future research, and the "bad guys" - a private company trying to do the same thing for their own financial gain.
The book tackles many contemporary issues of science, morality and politics along the way from the start of the project to the publication of most of the genetic sequence near the beginning of the 21st century.
Fascinating stuff with a happy ending too, and one of the great contemporary stories and achievements of science written by someone who was involved from start to finish in the race to publish the human genetic sequence in the public domain.
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