Thursday, April 22, 2021
The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race
CRISPR. If you don’t think gene editing is exciting, you will after reading Walter Isaacson’s book titled, The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race, in which he presents the history of CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) and its many applications to date. Isaacson’s personal excitement about this subject appears on every page, as he introduces us to scientists, their methods, and their achievements. Readers quickly become engaged in the process of unlocking the mysteries of nature. We see the ways in which curiosity will literally save us. We learn how we reach the future one step at a time. The liveliness of the narrative becomes enhanced as we get to know Jennifer Doudna, her fellow Nobel Prize winner, Emmanuelle Charpentier, their many colleagues and competitors, and learn about the race to provide applications for their research, including a vaccine to treat COVID-19. Rating: Five-star (I love it) Click here to purchase The Code Breaker from amazon.com.