Invisible Frontiers: The Race to Synthesize a Human Gene

Stephen S. Hall
Oxford University Press
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ISBN 0195151593

This well written 1987 book went out of print and but thankfully has been rereleased (in paperback) by Oxford University Press. It tells the early days of the commercialization of recombinant DNA and Genentech and of the effort to produce (and eventually market) human insulin. It has the same feeling of scientists racing against each other that dominates The Double Helix. But in this case, the race is for the patent on human insulin and billions of dollars are at stake. The rallying cry of the book and of the competitive industry is "Clone or Die."



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Jim DeKloe


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