A 2022 Audie Award FinalistA Finest Guide 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 Publish) account of how Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues launched a revolution that may enable us to treatment ailments, fend off viruses, and have more healthy infants.When Jennifer Doudna was in sixth grade, she got here house sooner or later 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 type of detective tales she liked. When she learn it on a wet Saturday, she found she was proper, in a manner. As she sped by the pages, she turned enthralled by the extraordinary drama behind the competitors to find the code of life. Though her highschool counselor advised her ladies didn’t grow to be 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 creator, James Watson, advised her was a very powerful 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. 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, based mostly on the microchip, pc, and web. Now we’re getting into a life-science revolution. Youngsters who research digital coding might 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 a beautiful boon that will be! And what about stopping melancholy? Hmmm…Ought to we enable mother and father, if they’ll afford it, to boost the peak or muscle tissue or IQ of their children?After serving to to find CRISPR, Doudna turned a pacesetter in wrestling with these ethical points and, together 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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