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

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

Edition: First Mariner Books edition 2018

Author(s): Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.; Doudna, Jennifer A.;Sternberg, Samuel H

Publisher: Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Year: 2018;2017

Pages: 307

ISBN: 9780544716940; 0544716949; 9780544716964; 0544716965

Topic: Biology, biophysics, biochemistry and  Genetics





Crack in Creation

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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?

About Jennifer Anne Doudna
Jennifer Anne Doudna
Jennifer Anne Doudna

Jennifer Anne Doudna (born February 19, 1964) is an American biochemist who has done pioneering work in CRISPR gene editing, and made other fundamental contributions in biochemistry and genetics. Doudna was one of the first women to share a Nobel in the sciences. She received the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, with Emmanuelle Charpentier, “for the development of a method for genome editing.” She is the Li Ka Shing Chancellor’s Chair Professor in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. She has been an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute since 1997.


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