• by James Watson, Andrew Berry
  • Narrated by Dan Cashman
  • 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1962, James Watson shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins for the discovery of the structure of DNA, the fundamental molecular building block of life, which explains how hereditary information is replicated. Now, this renowned scientist returns to give this authoritative yet personal account of the course of modern genetic research and the technological and ethical challenges unleashed by it. In a rich account that appeals to the general reader, Watson explains how cellular processes act in the drama of molecular biology and explores the genetic choices that we now face. What are genetically modified foods, and do they really pose a threat to consumers or the environment? What options are available to a woman planning to have a child?


What the Critics Say

"Reading Watson is a delight, an opportunity to breathe the rarefied air of his generation's greatest scientists." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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A view from within.

Highly recommend to a narrow audience. Those interested in the history of applied genetics. I found it fascinating. I do not think a background in genetics is required, but why would you listen to 17 hours of it otherwise?
Nobel laureate James Watson applies his personal insight to the history of genetics and the impact on subjects as diverse as politics, agriculture, medicine, forensics, and religion. His opinions are offered liberally but even if you take issue they do not detract from the content.
Narration by Cashman is conversational in tone which fits well with the writing.
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- Amazon Customer

Many Interesting Topics Covered

Often, scientists tend to write books that discuss only their work. But this book discusses many topics in applied genetics in an interesting way. I found the chapters on eugenics, genetic engineered crops, and the use of DNA testing in crime scenes to be particularly interesting. He does have strong opinions on many topics and he is not hesitant in sharing them. However, I found the book to be consistently interesting although it dragged a bit in the middle.
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- JoAnn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-03-2003
  • Publisher: Books on Tape