Get drawn into a fascinating history of genetic exploration from Walter Isaacson.
The Code Breaker is a gripping account of Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna’s work and much more.
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.
The race to create a coronavirus vaccine rocketed us into a new era of DNA research, and veteran journalist Walter Isaacson is here to break it all down for you. Isaacson draws a fascinating history of genetic exploration. We’re talking a total picture: from Darwin’s theory of evolution, to Jennifer Doudna’s Nobel Prize–winning DNA-editing tool CRISPR and today’s race to quash the ongoing pandemic. We were blown away by the book’s detailed account of how Doudna’s breakthroughs with the human genome became the linchpin in developing the COVID-19 vaccines. Isaacson also explores how the questions raised by cutting-edge research into genetic editing have caught up with science fiction—after all, the same technology that could save millions from AIDS or sickle cell anemia could also open the door to parents “designing” their children. Wonderfully readable and at times shocking, The Code Breaker offers a vision of the future that’s awe-inspiring and a little bit scary.APPLE BOOKS REVIEW