A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017 M06 13 - 304 páginas
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

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A very dry style delivering vast amounts of information, but it does highlight the complex steps and huge numbers of people involved in deliviering such a complex tool as CRISPR-Cas9. I know it's ... Leer comentario completo

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DR. JENNIFER A. DOUDNA runs a research laboratory and institute at UC Berkeley and is a leading expert on RNA-protein biochemistry, CRISPR biology, and genome engineering. Along with Emmanuelle Charpentier, she was awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their research on CRISPR-Cas9.

DR. SAMUEL H. STERNBERG is a biochemist and CRISPR expert and will start his own laboratory as assistant professor at Columbia University, beginning in 2018.

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