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Science  16 Feb 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5507, pp. 1265-1266
DOI: 10.1126/science.1057972


Cracking the Genome Inside the Race to Unlock Human DNA. Kevin Davies. Free Press, New York, 2001. 320 pp. $25. ISBN 0-7432-0479-4. Released in the UK as The Sequence Inside the Race for the Human Genome. Weidenfeld and Nicholson, London, 2001. 320 pp. £20. ISBN 0-297-64698-2.

This lively, accessible, and even-handed account describes the efforts to sequence the human genome from the early plans of the mid-1980s to the White House announcement of June 2000. Davies weaves together stories of the science, technologies, politics, and personalities that contributed to the Human Genome Project, Venter's shotgun approach, and the intense competition that developed between them.