A 2022 Audie Award FinalistA Finest Ebook of 2021 by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Time, and The Washington PostThe bestselling creator of Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs returns with a “compelling” (The Washington Submit) account of how Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues launched a revolution that may permit us to remedy ailments, fend off viruses, and have more healthy infants.When Jennifer Doudna was in sixth grade, she got here residence in the future to search out that her dad had left a paperback titled The Double Helix on her mattress. She put it apart, considering it was a kind of detective tales she cherished. When she learn it on a wet Saturday, she found she was proper, in a manner. As she sped by way of the pages, she grew to become enthralled by the extraordinary drama behind the competitors to find the code of life. Although her highschool counselor advised her ladies didn’t turn out to be scientists, she determined she would.Pushed by a ardour to know how nature works and to show discoveries into innovations, she would assist to make what the guide’s creator, James Watson, advised her was crucial organic advance since his codiscovery of the construction of DNA. She and her collaborators turned a curiosity of nature into an invention that may remodel the human race: an easy-to-use software that may edit DNA. Often called 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, based mostly on the microchip, laptop, and web. Now we’re coming into a life-science revolution. Kids who research digital coding can be joined by those that research genetic code.Ought to we use our new evolution-hacking powers to make us much less prone to viruses? What an exquisite boon that might be! And what about stopping despair? Hmmm…Ought to we permit dad and mom, if they’ll afford it, to boost the peak or muscle mass or IQ of their youngsters?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, received the Nobel Prize in 2020. Her story is an “enthralling detective story” (Oprah Each day) that entails probably the most profound wonders of nature, from the origins of life to the way forward for our species.
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