DNA: The Story of the Genetic Revolution

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2017 - Medical - 487 pages
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.

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This Is Life 33
Bringing DNA to Life 61
Customized DNA Molecules 85
Biotechnology 109
Genetically Modified Food 133
Lifes Screenplay 163
The First of the Rest of Us 195
DNA and the Human Past 261
DNAs Day in Court 295
Hunting and Treating Human Disease 327
Nature vs Nurture 369
War Without End? 397
Our Genes and Our Future 429
Further Reading 449

Evolution in Action 227

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JAMES D. WATSON was director of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York from 1968 to 1993 and is now its chancellor emeritus. He was the first director of the National Center for Human Genome Research of the National Institutes of Health from 1989 to 1992. A member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society, he has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the National Medal of Science, and, with Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1962.

ANDREW BERRY is a lecturer on Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. A writer and teacher, he is the editor of a collection of the writings of the Victorian biologist Alfred Russel Wallace, Infinite Tropics.

KEVIN DAVIES is the author of The $1,000 Genome and Cracking the Genome. He is the founding editor of NatureGenetics, the world's leading genetics journal, and Bio-IT World magazine. He is the former publisher of Chemical & Engineering News.

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