A 2022 Audie Award FinalistA Greatest E book of 2021 by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Time, and The Washington PostThe bestselling writer of Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs returns with a “compelling” (The Washington Publish) account of how Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues launched a revolution that may permit us to treatment ailments, fend off viruses, and have more healthy infants.When Jennifer Doudna was in sixth grade, she got here house someday to seek out that her dad had left a paperback titled The Double Helix on her mattress. She put it apart, pondering it was a type of detective tales she cherished. When she learn it on a wet Saturday, she found she was proper, in a method. As she sped by means of the pages, she grew to become enthralled by the extreme drama behind the competitors to find the code of life. Regardless that her highschool counselor informed her ladies didn’t change into scientists, she determined she would.Pushed by a ardour to grasp how nature works and to show discoveries into innovations, she would assist to make what the e-book’s writer, James Watson, informed her was an important organic advance since his codiscovery of the construction of DNA. She and her collaborators turned a curiosity of nature into an invention that may rework the human race: an easy-to-use device that may edit DNA. Generally known as CRISPR, it opened a courageous new world of medical miracles and ethical questions.The event of CRISPR and the race to create vaccines for coronavirus will hasten our transition to the subsequent nice innovation revolution. The previous half-century has been a digital age, primarily based on the microchip, laptop, and web. Now we’re getting into a life-science revolution. Kids who research digital coding will probably be joined by those that research genetic code.Ought to we use our new evolution-hacking powers to make us much less vulnerable to viruses? What a beautiful boon that may be! And what about stopping melancholy? Hmmm…Ought to we permit dad and mom, if they’ll afford it, to boost the peak or muscle tissues or IQ of their children?After serving to to find CRISPR, Doudna grew to become a pacesetter in wrestling with these ethical points and, along with her collaborator Emmanuelle Charpentier, gained the Nobel Prize in 2020. Her story is an “enthralling detective story” (Oprah Every day) that entails essentially the most profound wonders of nature, from the origins of life to the way forward for our species.
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