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A trailblazing biologist grapples with her role in the biggest scientific discovery of our era: a cheap, easy way of rewriting genetic code, with nearly limitless promise and peril.
Not since the atomic bomb has a technology so alarmed its inventors that they warned the world about its use. Not, that is, until the spring of 2015, when biologist Jennifer Doudna called for a worldwide moratorium on the use of the new gene-editing tool CRISPR - a revolutionary new technology that she helped create - to make heritable changes in human embryos. The cheapest, simplest, most effective way of manipulating DNA ever known, CRISPR may well give us the cure to HIV, genetic diseases, and some cancers and will help address the world's hunger crisis. Yet even the tiniest changes to DNA could have myriad unforeseeable consequences - to say nothing of the ethical and societal repercussions of intentionally mutating embryos to create "better" humans. Writing with fellow researcher Samuel Sternberg, Doudna shares the thrilling story of her discovery and passionately argues that enormous responsibility comes with the ability to rewrite the code of life. With CRISPR, she shows, we have effectively taken control of evolution. What will we do with this unfathomable power?
©2017 Jennifer A. Doudna and Samuel H. Sternberg (P)2017 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By DC Mike on 09-01-17

An easily digestible intro to the future...

Maybe it was driven by my personal curiosity but I found this to be an excellent intro to a topic that I've only encountered in exaggerated news clips or poorly written internet blog ramblings.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Laura on 09-02-17

Compelling and eye opening!

I listened to a podcast on Crispr/Cas9 a few years ago. I wanted to build a greater understand if the technology. It's well written & designed for the non-scientist although I was grateful I paid attention in high school biology.

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By Craig on 11-05-17

Outstanding Science !

Whilst the science of CRISPR will change everything....and I mean everything, this book is superb at putting the case for both the technical issues and the societal.

One of the best books I have read in a long time!

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4 out of 5 stars
By M. Griffiths on 08-15-17

Gene editing introduction

From the horse's mouth, this book runs thru the discovery of truly transformational biology. Basic concepts are well explained for the uninitiated and the story is both incredibly important and interesting. The author's presentation of her work was not unlikeable and seemed fair - she has been accused of claiming all the credit.
Why not 5 stars? It is a little repetitive and an accompanying pdf is invaluable for this type of book.

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By Andrew on 06-16-18

Excellent, informative book.

I seldom write reviews but I have to for this one. Great book, fascinating actually. Great narrator and written in a manner Joe Average (i.e. myself) can understand.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Heinrich Ferreira on 02-15-18

Simply a remarkable book

I simply loved this book. Have not read a more comprehensive coverage and heard a more authoritative review of gene editing than this.

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