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The code breaker : Jennifer Doudna, gene editing, and the future of the human race / Walter Isaacson.

Isaacson, Walter, (author.).

Available copies

  • 11 of 15 copies available at Sage Library System.

Current holds

2 current holds with 15 total copies.

Summary:

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. Driven by a passion to understand how nature works and to turn discoveries into inventions, she would help to make what the book's author, James Watson, told her was the most important biological advance since his co-discovery of the structure of DNA. She and her collaborators turned​ a curiosity ​of nature into an invention that will transform the human race: an easy-to-use tool that can edit DNA. Known as CRISPR, it opened a brave new world of medical miracles and moral questions. The development of CRISPR and the race to create vaccines for coronavirus will hasten our transition to the next great innovation revolution. The past half-century has been a digital age, based on the microchip, computer, and internet. Now we are entering a life-science revolution. Children who study digital coding will be joined by those who study genetic code. Should we use our new evolution-hacking powers to make us less susceptible to viruses? What a wonderful boon that would be! And what about preventing depression? Hmmm...Should we allow parents, if they can afford it, to enhance the height or muscles or IQ of their kids? After helping to discover CRISPR, Doudna became a leader in wrestling with these moral issues and, with her collaborator Emmanuelle Charpentier, won the Nobel Prize in 2020. Her story is a thrilling detective tale that involves the most profound wonders of nature, from the origins of life to the future of our species. --Provided by publisher.
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Baker County Library 576.5 .D728i 2021 (Text) 37814003341766 NON-FICTION - NEW Book System_Only_3months 04/30/2021 Available -
Baker Halfway Branch 576.5 .D728i 2021 (Text) 37814003341774 NON-FICTION - NEW Book System_Only_3months 05/06/2021 Available -
Cook Memorial Library - La Grande 576.5 I73 (Text) 35178001844862 New Adult Non-Fiction Book Branch_Only_3months 05/18/2021 Available -
Hermiston Public Library 576.5 ISA (Text) 37838000731091 Adult Non-Fiction Book Branch_Only_3months 05/10/2021 Available -
Hood River County Library 576.5 ISA 2021 (Text) 33892100726737 Adult New Books Book None 03/11/2021 Available -
Klamath Community College QH440 .I83 2021 (Text) 3760308686 Main Collection Book None 06/08/2021 Checked out 07/15/2021
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Ontario Community Library 576.5 ISAAC (Text) 33330004573061 New Book Display Book Branch_Only_6months 04/15/2021 Available -
Pendleton Public Library 576.5 Is1 (Text) 37801000677938 Adult Non-Fiction Book None 05/13/2021 Available -
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9781982115852
  • ISBN: 1982115858
  • Physical Description: xix, 536 pages : illustrations (most color) ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2021.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 487-516) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction. Into the breach -- The origins of life -- CRISPR -- Gene editing -- CRISPR in action -- Public scientist -- CRISPR babies -- Moral questions -- Dispatches from the front -- Coronavirus.
Summary, etc.:
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. Driven by a passion to understand how nature works and to turn discoveries into inventions, she would help to make what the book's author, James Watson, told her was the most important biological advance since his co-discovery of the structure of DNA. She and her collaborators turned​ a curiosity ​of nature into an invention that will transform the human race: an easy-to-use tool that can edit DNA. Known as CRISPR, it opened a brave new world of medical miracles and moral questions. The development of CRISPR and the race to create vaccines for coronavirus will hasten our transition to the next great innovation revolution. The past half-century has been a digital age, based on the microchip, computer, and internet. Now we are entering a life-science revolution. Children who study digital coding will be joined by those who study genetic code. Should we use our new evolution-hacking powers to make us less susceptible to viruses? What a wonderful boon that would be! And what about preventing depression? Hmmm...Should we allow parents, if they can afford it, to enhance the height or muscles or IQ of their kids? After helping to discover CRISPR, Doudna became a leader in wrestling with these moral issues and, with her collaborator Emmanuelle Charpentier, won the Nobel Prize in 2020. Her story is a thrilling detective tale that involves the most profound wonders of nature, from the origins of life to the future of our species. --Provided by publisher.
Subject: Doudna, Jennifer A.
CRISPR (Genetics)
Gene editing.
Genre: Biographies.

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