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Cracking the Code of Life
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Chapter 1 1. Instructions for a Human Being

a storybook
4 billion years of history
DNA—the secret of life


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Chapter 2 2. Getting the Letters Out

the Human Genome Project
1000 letters a second
a parts list


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Chapter 3 3. One Wrong Letter

Tay Sachs
an incurable disease
carriers for rare condition


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Chapter 4 4. The Sequencing Race Begins

Craig Venter
machines that go fast
Celera Genomics


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Chapter 5 5. Ramping up

government teams respond
the bleeding edge
a public investment


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Chapter 6 6. Genetic Variation

whose code is it?
remarkably similar
sharing genes with a banana


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Chapter 7 7. Who Owns the Genome?

making history
patenting genomic code
drug companies


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Chapter 8 8. The Business of Science

profiting from the genome
Celera's buisiness plan
change in the scientific community


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Chapter 9 9. Finding Cures is Hard

cystic fibrosis
from genes to proteins
3-dimensional shapes


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Chapter 10 10. Complexity in Proteins

an atypical CF patient
the proteome
twice as many genes as a fruit fly


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Chapter 11 11. The Finish Line

all 3 billion letters
pressure of competition
a new beginning in science


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Chapter 12 12. Finding Disease Genes

bald guys
Iceland—all in the family
DeCODE's giant DNA database


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Chapter 13 13. DNA Databases

future diary
GATTACA
gene chips


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Chapter 14 14. A Family Disease

ovarian and breast cancer
BRCA mutations
50/50 chance


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Chapter 15 15. Genetic Modification

enhancing your kids?
genetically modified foods
a complex machine


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Chapter 16 16. Contemplating the Message

sharing the credit
a lumpy genome
connectedness of life


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