The CRISPR technique for gene editing is a breathtaking discovery. It offers possibilities for curing hereditary diseases but also opens up new questions about bioethics. Isaacson provides a helpful primer on the workings of DNA and RNA, as well as providing relatable portraits of Doudna and the other scientists who contributed to our understanding of genes, the human genome, and our present ability to edit genetic code. This is an approachable guide to one of the most stunning biological breakthroughs of our time. It also manages to tell a timely story about how scientific discovery happens through hypothesis, experimentation and observation.
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