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After 1975, DNA was no longer solely the concern of academics trying to understand the molecular underpinnings of life. The molecule moved beyond the cloisters of white-coated scientists into a very different world populated largely by men in silk ties and sharp suits.
In later chapters, Watson aims barbs at those who are concerned by genetic tinkering, calling them "alarmists" who don't understand how the experiments work. It is in these arguments that Watson may lose favor with those whose notions of science were born after Silent Spring. Nevertheless, DNA encompasses both sides of the political issues involved in genetics, and Watson is an enthusiastic proponent of debate on the subject. The book accompanies a 5-part PBS series. --Therese Littleton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Reviewed by Dr. Andrea Diem-Lane
James Watson, co-founder of the structure of the DNA molecule, begins with a discussion of the origins of genetics. Read more
DNA is a great book to learn about the subject especially if you have little knowledge of that area. Read morePublished 8 months ago by T Thomas
At the heart of every cell lies a collection of molecules that hold the key to biology's incredible diversity: DNA. Read morePublished 13 months ago by LastRanger
I just read the other 1-star review! I am totally amazed at that kind of ignorance on the part of a supposedly brilliant scientist! Read morePublished 19 months ago by Carol Grosser
I assigned this book to the students of an honors class I recently taught at Lake Superior State University, entitled "DNA: The Secret of Life". Read morePublished 19 months ago by M. Werner
Brilliantly written survey of genetic advances in the last 60 years by the greatest living authority on the subject, the co-discoverer in 1953 of the structure of DNA.Published 21 months ago by Jeremy E. May
I am 65 years old and have always been fascinated about the roll that DNA plays in our lives. So I'm a newcomer to this field and this is my first stepping stone to learn all can... Read morePublished 21 months ago by data tech
Well written book that brought some answers to the DNA story. It was a good book about a complicated subject.Published 21 months ago by DJ