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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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