Michael Ashburner has written a book. No, not that book. This one’s a bit smaller, less expensive, and about the sequencing of the Drosophila melanogaster genome. You can read a review of the book here and buy it from here. It’s not The Genome War; Matt Ridley describes it as Ashburner’s “immediate reactions, mostly committed to paper at the time — an idiosyncratic, gonzo romp through the crazy days of 1998-99.”
In his review, Ridley describes Ashburner’s dislikes, joys, and vices:
Being a scientist, Ashburner hates hotels (especially Marriotts), Microsoft, bad coffee and suits — the ones who negotiate on behalf of Celera. He likes or needs sushi, espresso, Lewis Carroll, beer and bouts of bird-watching.
He left off one item obvious to anyone who has spent any time with Michael Ashburner: smoking. The dude’s a frickin’ chimney.