The Code Breaker

Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race

by Walter Isaacson

If you have any interest in science at all, you’ve probably heard about CRISPR technology, but as it is a very recent discovery, there are not many books on this topic. In “Code Breaker” you will find all the details about this exciting discovery and its aftermath. I think that is the most interesting aspect of this book, however, it does not entirely justify its volume.

Of course also interesting is the story of the book’s heroine, Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna. There are still too few women in science, so I am always happy with celebrating their accomplishments and creating role models for girls.

Alas, I am not a fan of Walter Isaacson’s style. I’ve found this biography too dry and superficial. I couldn’t imagine prof. Doudna as a real, alive human being nor understand how exactly her work looks like. It’s a pity because I am truly interested in science and I love reading about the realities of lab work. Nonetheless, I think that people who liked previous books of this author will find this one also to their liking.

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