The Code Breaker

Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race
Jun 04, 2021JLMason rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
RNA is the focus of this book, which is about both Nobel prize winner Jennifer Doudna and the rapid development of biotechnology to alter genes using CRISPR. It unfolds in three parts with Doudna's RNA research as the common thread: first Doudna's early career as a scientist; then a review of the moral issues surrounding gene editing; and finally the future use of RNA-based technologies to destroy viruses in the body without engaging the immune system. There are excellent descriptions of the current different Covid-19 vaccine types and how they work. Isaacson has a gift for making complex science easy to understand and exciting. He captures the camaraderie and competition between labs and the personalities of the researchers, which lend drama to the story.