The Code Breaker Summary
A chapter by chapter high-quality summary of Walter Isaacson´s book The Code Breaker including chapter details and analysis of the main themes of the original book.
About the original The Code Breaker book:
Jennifer Doudna was in the sixth school when she came home one day and discovered The Double Helix on her bed. She put it away, believing it was one of her favorite mysteries. She read it on a wet Saturday and realized she was partially accurate. As she rushed through the pages, she became enthralled by the dramatic drama surrounding the quest to discover the code of life. Despite the fact that her high school counselor told her that female scientists did not exist, she was determined to pursue them.
She would contribute to what James Watson, the book’s author, regarded as the most significant biological advance since his discovery of the structure of DNA. She was motivated by a desire to learn more about how nature works and to turn her discoveries into new products. She and her collaborators turned a natural curiosity into a game-changing breakthrough: a simple method for modifying DNA. CRISPR, as it’s called, has opened up a whole new world of medical marvels and ethical quandaries.
The progress of CRISPR and the race to develop coronavirus vaccines will hasten our transition to the next great technological revolution. Microchips, computers, and the internet have all played a role in the digital era over the last 50 years. A life-science revolution is now underway. Those interested in genetic coding will join children interested in digital coding.
Should we use our new evolutionary hacking talents to improve our viral resistance? What a wonderful present it would be! What about preventing depression? Hmmm… Should we let parents who can afford it increase their children’s height, muscle bulk, or IQ?
After helping to develop CRISPR, Doudna became a leader in wrestling with these moral concerns, and she and her collaborator Emmanuelle Charpentier were awarded the Nobel Prize in 2020. Her story has been described as an «enthralling detective story» (Oprah Daily), including the most profound natural wonders, from the origins of life to our species’ fate.
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