A 2022 Audie Award FinalistA Finest Ebook 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 remedy ailments, fend off viruses, and have more healthy infants.When Jennifer Doudna was in sixth grade, she got here house in the future 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 beloved. When she learn it on a wet Saturday, she found she was proper, in a method. As she sped by way of the pages, she turned enthralled by the extraordinary drama behind the competitors to find the code of life. Though her highschool counselor advised her women didn’t change into 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 e book’s writer, James Watson, advised 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 remodel 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 following nice innovation revolution. The previous half-century has been a digital age, primarily based on the microchip, laptop, and web. Now we’re coming into a life-science revolution. Youngsters who examine digital coding will probably be joined by those that examine genetic code.Ought to we use our new evolution-hacking powers to make us much less prone to viruses? What a beautiful boon that will be! And what about stopping despair? Hmmm…Ought to we permit mother and father, if they will afford it, to reinforce the peak or muscle groups or IQ of their youngsters?After serving to to find CRISPR, Doudna turned a frontrunner in wrestling with these ethical points and, together with her collaborator Emmanuelle Charpentier, gained the Nobel Prize in 2020. Her story is an “enthralling detective story” (Oprah Each 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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