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The Code Breaker by Walter Isaacson

The Code Breaker

Walter Isaacson

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Imprint: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publication date: 9 Mar 2021
ISBN: 9781398502314
4 stars out of 5
26 Feb 2021

"Recounting complex scientific tales as if he were a storyteller around a fire"

Recounting complex scientific tales as if he were a storyteller around a fire, Isaacson helps the reader with signposts — “remember this tiny molecule” — and playful translations. Ribonucleic acid, or RNA, which Doudna devoted her life to studying, becomes a “middle manager” for its role in translating DNA into proteins.

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3 stars out of 5
Bryan Appleyard
21 Feb 2021

"If you need to know about CRISPR — and you do — this is the place to start"

This strange, hybrid book tells this story. Isaacson has previously written biographies of Henry Kissinger, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs, and I was expecting this to be a biography of Doudna. It is, in part, but it is also a history of DNA and CRISPR research, a story about women in science, a digression on the significance of yoghurt, a long moral essay and an account that feels interminable of laboratory politics.