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The Code Breaker

Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race

by Walter Isaacson

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The Code Breaker by Walter Isaacson
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    Mar 2021, 560 pages
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    Mar 1, 2022, 560 pages

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Walter Isaacson presents an illuminating biography of Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna, whose work in gene editing has revolutionary implications for modern science.

Voted 2021 Best Nonfiction Award Winner by BookBrowse Subscribers

What makes humans human? It's a mystery that has inspired philosophers and driven scientific endeavor. The discovery of DNA in the 1950s provided a giant leap forward in answering that question, and today's genetic researchers continue to explore it. Concurrently, they are also learning how to potentially edit or improve a human's basic genetic makeup.

It is through gene editing and discovering the means of how humans could potentially alter themselves at the basic genetic level that The Code Breaker introduces the reader to some of the most updated advancements. Biographer Walter Isaacson describes the quest that begins with the discovery of DNA and ends with the winner of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Jennifer Doudna (who shared the prize with her French colleague, Emmanuelle Charpentier). In particular, the...

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