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Hacking the Code of Life: How gene editing will rewrite our futures (Hot Science) Paperback – June 11, 2019
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- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 1785784978
- Paperback : 176 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1785784972
- Publisher : Icon Books (June 11, 2019)
- Product Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.75 x 8.5 inches
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #370,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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was helpful in understanding the history and potential future of gene editing. The prologue begins with
the birth of two Chinese girls, Lulu and Nana on 11/28/18. Professor He Jiankui, (born 1984) was the
first to edit the DNA of infants that, if either becomes child bearing, will be the first to pass on their edited genes, quite controversial! The author skillfully details the ease of gene editing, the inherent dangers and profound profit opportunities. Previously I have read, 'A Crack in Creation' by Jennifer Doudna and Samuel Sternberg and 'The Gene' by Siddhartha Mukherjee, of course, struggling to comprehend all of the information in each book. There are many reasons to read this thoughtful book. My next book to read is this book again!
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The book tells you about the political, economic, environmental, medical, moral, and legal issues of genetic engineering. The very new developments in the current decade, CRISPR and gene drive technology, are set to have massive and rapid impacts upon farming, pest control, and medicine.
They could prove highly beneficial in a wide variety of ways but could also be hazardous, even potentially leading to new forms of warfare. The genie is out of the bottle and no legal sanctions can possibly put it back.
The book gives just enough science to enable the general reader to grasp the principles without cutting deeper than it needs to do. For example it does not even tell you what G,A, T, and C stand for. You don't need to know. What it does do in 160 pages is cover the pressing issues. Each chapter has ten to twenty references if you want to cut deeper.
It is very clearly written and you can read it in an afternoon. It is so current that it relates an important US Supreme Court ruling from September 2018.
She’s also, as in all her books, so amusing and chatty that readers almost can’t imagine that the subject is actually rather complicated.