DNA: The Secret of Life

DNA: The Secret of Life

Andrew Berry

Fifty years in the past, James D. Watson, then simply twentyfour, helped release the best ongoing clinical quest of our time. Now, with exact authority and sweeping imaginative and prescient, he offers us the 1st complete account of the genetic revolution—from Mendel’s backyard to the double helix to the sequencing of the human genome and beyond.
Watson’s full of life, panoramic narrative starts with the fanciful speculations of the ancients as to why “like begets like” sooner than skipping forward to 1866, while an Austrian monk named Gregor Mendel first deduced the elemental legislation of inheritance. yet genetics as we realize it today—with its capability, either exciting and sobering, to govern the very essence of dwelling things—came into being merely with the increase of molecular investigations culminating within the step forward discovery of the constitution of DNA, for which Watson shared a Nobel prize in 1962. within the DNA molecule’s swish curves was once the main to a complete new science.

Having proven that the key of lifestyles is chemical, sleek genetics has set mankind off on a trip incredible quite a few many years in the past. Watson presents the overall reader with transparent factors of molecular tactics and rising applied sciences. He indicates us how DNA keeps to change our figuring out of human origins, and of our identities as teams and as participants. And with the perception of 1 who has remained on the subject of each increase in examine because the double helix, he unearths how genetics has unleashed a wealth of probabilities to change the human condition—from genetically transformed meals to genetically converted babies—and remodeled itself from a site of natural examine into one in all enormous enterprise in addition. it's a occasionally topsy-turvy international jam-packed with nice minds and nice egos, pushed by way of goals to enhance the human in addition to to enhance funding portfolios, an international vividly captured in those pages.

Facing a way forward for offerings and social and moral implications of which we dare now not stay uninformed, shall we haven't any larger advisor than James Watson, who leads us with an analogous bravura storytelling that made The Double Helix probably the most profitable books on technology ever released. Infused with a scientist’s awe at nature’s marvels and a humanist’s profound sympathies, DNA is destined to turn into the vintage telling of the defining clinical saga of our age.

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