DNA by James D. Watson
The Story of the Genetic Revolution

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His voice is authoritative and inspiring but also consciously provocative. These characteristic features could have been retained and indeed become more accessible with much tighter structure and editing throughout.
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The definitive insider's history of the genetic revolution--significantly updated to reflect the discoveries of the last decade.

James D. Watson, the Nobel laureate whose pioneering work helped unlock the mystery of DNA's structure, charts the greatest scientific journey of our time, from the discovery of the double helix to today's controversies to what the future may hold. Updated to include new findings in gene editing, epigenetics, agricultural chemistry, as well as two entirely new chapters on personal genomics and cancer research. This is the most comprehensive and authoritative exploration of DNA's impact--practical, social, and ethical--on our society and our world.
 

About James D. Watson

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James D. Watson, together with Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1962. He is Chancellor Emeritus of the Watson School of Biological Sciences at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Alexander Gann (the Lita Annenberg Hazen Dean-Elect) is a member of the faculty of the Watson School of Biological Sciences. Jan Witkowski (Executive Director, Banbury Center) is a member of the faculty of the Watson School of Biological Sciences.
 
Published August 22, 2017 by Knopf. 513 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on Jul 03 2017

He would use new gene-editing techniques to correct genetic defects in somatic cells and would have no qualms about considering enhancing future generations by editing germline cells (eggs and sperm). In this bible of DNA information, Watson is as provocative and optimistic as ever.

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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Jane Haile on Aug 31 2017

His voice is authoritative and inspiring but also consciously provocative. These characteristic features could have been retained and indeed become more accessible with much tighter structure and editing throughout.

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