Gene Machine Gene Machine

Gene Machine

The Race to Decipher the Secrets of the Ribosome

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Publisher Description

A Nobel Prize-winning biologist tells the riveting story of his race to discover the inner workings of biology's most important molecule

"Ramakrishnan's writing is so honest, lucid and engaging that I could not put this book down until I had read to the very end." -- Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of The Emperor of All Maladies and The Gene

Everyone has heard of DNA. But by itself, DNA is just an inert blueprint for life. It is the ribosome -- an enormous molecular machine made up of a million atoms -- that makes DNA come to life, turning our genetic code into proteins and therefore into us. Gene Machine is an insider account of the race for the structure of the ribosome, a fundamental discovery that both advances our knowledge of all life and could lead to the development of better antibiotics against life-threatening diseases. But this is also a human story of Ramakrishnan's unlikely journey, from his first fumbling experiments in a biology lab to being the dark horse in a fierce competition with some of the world's best scientists. In the end, Gene Machine is a frank insider's account of the pursuit of high-stakes science.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2018
November 6
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
288
Pages
PUBLISHER
Basic Books
SELLER
Hachette Digital, Inc.
SIZE
23.1
MB

Customer Reviews

Flash Bunny ,

Interesting but difficult read

I picked up this book hoping it would read like those of the authors whose praises covered the front ( Richard Dawkins and Siddhartha Mukherjee). It is an extremely interesting book that gives insight into the incredibly complex ribosome and the race that took place to uncover its structure. However, it may be somewhat difficult to follow for someone with limited background knowledge, like myself. However it is very inspiring to read about the tireless effort everyone involved went through to make the discoveries that awarded them the Nobel Prize.

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