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The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the… (edició 2022)

de Walter Isaacson (Autor)

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The bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs returns with a gripping account of how Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues launched a revolution that will allow us to cure diseases, fend off viruses, and have healthier babies. When Jennifer Doudna was in sixth grade, she came home one day to find that her dad had left a paperback titled The Double Helix on her bed. She put it aside, thinking it was one of those detective tales she loved. When she read it on a rainy Saturday, she discovered she was right, in a way. As she sped through the pages, she became enthralled by the intense drama behind the competition to discover the code of life. Even though her high school counselor told her girls didn't become scientists, she decided she would. Driven by a passion to understand how nature works and to turn discoveries into inventions, she would help to make what the book's author, James Watson, told her was the most important biological advance since his co-discovery of the structure of DNA. She and her collaborators turned ​a curiosity ​of nature into an invention that will transform the human race: an easy-to-use tool that can edit DNA. Known as CRISPR, it opened a brave new world of medical miracles and moral questions. The development of CRISPR and the race to create vaccines for coronavirus will hasten our transition to the next great innovation revolution. The past half-century has been a digital age, based on the microchip, computer, and internet. Now we are entering a life-science revolution. Children who study digital coding will be joined by those who study genetic code. Should we use our new evolution-hacking powers to make us less susceptible to viruses? What a wonderful boon that would be! And what about preventing depression? Hmmm...Should we allow parents, if they can afford it, to enhance the height or muscles or IQ of their kids? After helping to discover CRISPR, Doudna became a leader in wrestling with these moral issues and, with her collaborator Emmanuelle Charpentier, won the Nobel Prize in 2020. Her story is a thrilling detective tale that involves the most profound wonders of nature, from the origins of life to the future of our species.… (més)
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Títol:The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race
Autors:Walter Isaacson (Autor)
Informació:Simon & Schuster (2022), 560 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca, Preferits
Valoració:*****
Etiquetes:Genetics, DNA, RNA, COVID, Research

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The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race de Walter Isaacson

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What a story, and it continues. Amazing that such scientific content was made easily readable and engaging. Character development was key to the story, the people and the science, so though compression may have added to readability, knowing so much about each character seems necessary in order to tell the complete story. ( )
  EastBayBookClub | Jul 9, 2022 |
I started reading this from the library, then realized I was going to need my own copy to make notes in. Fabulous book, there's no one like Isaacson for entwining stories. This one weaves the personal story of Doudna into the discovery of CRISPR and leads gently into COVID. Best book of the year. ( )
  suzannekmoses | May 20, 2022 |
Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier were awarded the ultimate science prize for their breakthrough research on CRISPR as the most powerful gene-editing tool. This book takes you through over 4decades of scientific research that culminates in CRISPR, gene editing and mRNA vaccines for Covid-19. It’s well written and a fascinating story for everyone.
  MaureenTherese | May 10, 2022 |
I expected this book to be a massive biography, as so many of Isaacson's books have been, but I was wrong. Yes, he does focus on Nobel laureate Jennifer Doudna's life but much of the book explains the latest developments in gene editing for laypeople and the processes by which genetic scientists work in collaboration. The book therefore includes biographies of Doudna's co-Nobel winner, Emmanuelle Charpentier, and other prominent genetic scientists. It also faces the ethical and moral questions raised by our ability edit human genes and taught me much about the controversy of a few years ago when a Chinese scientist announced the birth of twins who are the first human babies whose DNA has been edited. Quite a book! ( )
  nmele | Apr 26, 2022 |
I am a Walter Isaacson fan; this is the fourth book by him that I've read. As always, I found that he writes in an engaging and accessible style.

While the other three titles I've read have been biographies of long-deceased people, this one was only partly a biography. It was also about how science happens, a history of genetics, the war against COVID, and a discussion of bio-ethics. The author wrote, in the Acknowledgements section, that he wanted this book to be a voyage of discovery. By inserting himself and his thoughts into the book, he made it such a journey for him, and for me.

To me, the most interesting parts of the book dealt with the moral issues. I was also interested in the unexpected consequences of the COVID pandemic in that it created an environment for great collaboration among universities and other researchers.

As I finished the book, I couldn't help but speculate that, not that long ago, the entire text would have been the basis for a sci-fi novel. ( )
  LynnB | Apr 23, 2022 |
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The bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs returns with a gripping account of how Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues launched a revolution that will allow us to cure diseases, fend off viruses, and have healthier babies. When Jennifer Doudna was in sixth grade, she came home one day to find that her dad had left a paperback titled The Double Helix on her bed. She put it aside, thinking it was one of those detective tales she loved. When she read it on a rainy Saturday, she discovered she was right, in a way. As she sped through the pages, she became enthralled by the intense drama behind the competition to discover the code of life. Even though her high school counselor told her girls didn't become scientists, she decided she would. Driven by a passion to understand how nature works and to turn discoveries into inventions, she would help to make what the book's author, James Watson, told her was the most important biological advance since his co-discovery of the structure of DNA. She and her collaborators turned ​a curiosity ​of nature into an invention that will transform the human race: an easy-to-use tool that can edit DNA. Known as CRISPR, it opened a brave new world of medical miracles and moral questions. The development of CRISPR and the race to create vaccines for coronavirus will hasten our transition to the next great innovation revolution. The past half-century has been a digital age, based on the microchip, computer, and internet. Now we are entering a life-science revolution. Children who study digital coding will be joined by those who study genetic code. Should we use our new evolution-hacking powers to make us less susceptible to viruses? What a wonderful boon that would be! And what about preventing depression? Hmmm...Should we allow parents, if they can afford it, to enhance the height or muscles or IQ of their kids? After helping to discover CRISPR, Doudna became a leader in wrestling with these moral issues and, with her collaborator Emmanuelle Charpentier, won the Nobel Prize in 2020. Her story is a thrilling detective tale that involves the most profound wonders of nature, from the origins of life to the future of our species.

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