Book ID: CBB535457038

A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution (2017)


Doudna, Jennifer (Author)
Sternberg, Samuel H. (Author)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Publication Date: 2017
Physical Details: 304
Language: English

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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Review Stephan Guttinger (2018) Review of "A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution". Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (pp. 32-35). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Bailey, Britt
Lappé, Frances Morre
Raffensperger, Carolyn
Lappé, Marc A.
Yi, Doogab
Thompson, Paul B.
Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology
Science as Culture
Journal of the History of Biology
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
American Literary History
European Legacy
Island Press
Harvard University Press
University of Chicago Press
Oxford University Press
Simon & Schuster
Genetic engineering
Biology and ethics; bioethics
Science and ethics
Berg, Paul
Doudna, Jennifer
Time Periods
21st century
20th century, late
20th century
19th century
United States
San Francisco, CA
Stanford University
Human Genome Project

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