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The bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs returns with a gripping account of how Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues launched a revolution that will allow us to cure diseases, fend off viruses, and have healthier babies.

When Jennifer Doudna was in sixth grade, she came home one day to find that her dad had left a paperback titled The Double Helix on her bed. She put it aside, thinking it was one of those detective tales she loved. When she read it on a rainy Saturday, she discovered she was right, in a way. As she sped through the pages, she became enthralled by the intense drama behind the competition to discover the code of life. Even though her high school counselor told her girls didn’t become scientists, she decided she would.

Driven by a passion to understand how nature works and to turn discoveries into inventions, she would help to make what the book’s author, James Watson, told her was the most important biological advance since his co-discovery of the structure of DNA. She and her collaborators turned a curiosity ​of nature into an invention that will transform the human race: an easy-to-use tool that can edit DNA. Known as CRISPR, it opened a brave new world of medical miracles and moral questions.

The development of CRISPR and the race to create vaccines for coronavirus will hasten our transition to the next great innovation revolution. The past half-century has been a digital age, based on the microchip, computer, and internet. Now we are entering a life-science revolution. Children who study digital coding will be joined by those who study genetic code.

Should we use our new evolution-hacking powers to make us less susceptible to viruses? What a wonderful boon that would be! And what about preventing depression? Hmmm…Should we allow parents, if they can afford it, to enhance the height or muscles or IQ of their kids?

After helping to discover CRISPR, Doudna became a leader in wrestling with these moral issues and, with her collaborator Emmanuelle Charpentier, won the Nobel Prize in 2020. Her story is a thrilling detective tale that involves the most profound wonders of nature, from the origins of life to the future of our species.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2021
March 9
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
560
Pages
PUBLISHER
Simon & Schuster
SELLER
SIMON AND SCHUSTER DIGITAL SALES INC
SIZE
56
MB

Customer Reviews

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I’m not gonna make it for work but I’m still working

wkhsdca ,

A slog

This book seems more like a research paper about the entire history of gene editing than a book about Jennifer Doudna. It gets too bogged down in what seems like a complete review of every conference, every paper and every person related to this technology. Are there any scientists who AREN'T working on gene editing?

Then it spends a painful amount of time on the ethics of this tech. I feel like I just switched to a philosophy book for the last hour. I understand this is a very important aspect to consider going forward, but I don't need to be beaten over the head and it just goes on and on. Ugh. I get it. There are huge implications. There are pros and cons, but it gets repetitive and tedious.

I loved his book about Steve Jobs. I couldn't put it down. There was a nice balance of history, tech, personalities involved, personal struggles. I was hoping for something like that here, but I find I am struggling to find the energy and interest to even finish it after getting 3/4 of the way through.

I think it could have used some serious, heavy editing. There is too much dry, disjointed, tedious detail. It sometimes reads like a daily journal. "Today, this conference happened and these people attended. The next week in the lab, this test was done. On January 3rd I got a call from a scientist that wants to work on this aspect." Enough!

Contradiction 1954 ,

Would have been a 5

But the author had to through Trump under the bus. Does he really believes nothing would have been accomplished without his leadership through a World Wide Pandemic!

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