A Crack in Creation - Jennifer A. Doudna & Samuel H. Sternberg

A Crack in Creation

By Jennifer A. Doudna & Samuel H. Sternberg

  • Release Date: 2017-06-13
  • Genre: Life Sciences
Score: 5
5
From 38 Ratings

Description

BY THE WINNER OF THE 2020 NOBEL PRIZE IN CHEMISTRY  |  Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize
  
“A powerful mix of science and ethics . . . This book is required reading for every concerned citizen—the material it covers should be discussed in schools, colleges, and universities throughout the country.”— New York Review of Books 
 
Not since the atomic bomb has a technology so alarmed its inventors that they warned the world about its use. That is, until 2015, when biologist Jennifer Doudna called for a worldwide moratorium on the use of the 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. 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 Sam Sternberg, Doudna—who has since won the Nobel Prize for her CRISPR research—shares the thrilling story of her discovery and describes the enormous responsibility that comes with the power to rewrite the code of life.

“The future is in our hands as never before, and this book explains the stakes like no other.” — George Lucas

“An invaluable account . . . We owe Doudna several times over.” — Guardian

Reviews

  • Genetic modification

    5
    By Du Hast mayne
    This is the first step into a world of infinite possibilities. This is the wave of the future. Hereditary disorders to acquired diseases, this technology will give us the ability to hit the reset button on a genetic level. Pick this up for a view into what was until recently beloved to be science fiction. We truly are headed into a great future.