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Biotechnology in Medical Sciences PDF
Author Jennifer A. Doudna
File size 40.6 MB
Year 2017
Pages 304
Language English
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A trailblazing biologist grapples with her role in the biggest scientific discovery of our era: a cheap easy way of rewriting genetic code with nearly limitless promise and peril.

Not since the atomic bomb has a technology so alarmed its inventors that they warned the world about its use. Not that is until the spring of 2015 when biologist Jennifer Doudna called for a worldwide moratorium on the use of the new gene-editing tool CRISPR—a revolutionary new technology that she helped create—to make heritable changes in human embryos. The cheapest simplest most effective way of manipulating DNA ever known CRISPR may well give us the cure to HIV genetic diseases and some cancers and will help address the world’s hunger crisis. Yet even the tiniest changes to DNA could have myriad unforeseeable consequences—to say nothing of the ethical and societal repercussions of intentionally mutating embryos to create “better” humans.
 
Writing with fellow researcher Samuel Sternberg Doudna shares the thrilling story of her discovery and passionately argues that enormous responsibility comes with the ability to rewrite the code of life. With CRISPR she shows we have effectively taken control of evolution. What will we do with this unfathomable power?
 

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