The Code Breaker

Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race
May 30, 2021kwsmith rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This is an historical overview of the scientific development of a recently discovered gene editing technology called CRISPR Cas9. There are many scientists in this story; however, Isaacson employs an American Nobel Prize winning scientist, Jennifer Doudna, as his central character. But this book isn't a biography of Jennifer Doudna because Isaacson refuses to delve into Jennifer's life to the depth that he covered, say, Steve Jobs' life. In that regard, *The Code Breaker* is more like Isaacson's *The Innovators* instead of a true biography. Still, I enjoyed the modern history lesson, and I learned a few things about molecular biology. We already live in a world where scientists have created the first genetically modified human babies, and where amateur scientists hack their own DNA. What will the future bring?