The Code Breaker -- Young Readers Edition by Walter Isaacson audiobook

The Code Breaker -- Young Readers Edition: Jennifer Doudna and the Race to Understand Our Genetic Code

By Walter Isaacson
Adapted by Sarah Durand
Read by Kathe Mazur

Simon & Schuster Audio 9781665910668

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781797147338

  • ISBN: 9781797147321

Runtime: 7.64 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Walter Isaacson’s #1 New York Times bestselling history of our third scientific revolution: CRISPR, gene editing, and the quest to understand the code of life itself, is now adapted for young readers!

When Jennifer Doudna was a sixth grader in Hilo, Hawaii, she came home from school one afternoon and found a book on her bed. It was The Double Helix, James Watson’s account of how he and Francis Crick had discovered the structure of DNA, the spiral-staircase molecule that carries the genetic instruction code for all forms of life.

This book guided Jennifer Doudna to focus her studies not on DNA, but on what seemed to take a backseat in biochemistry: figuring out the structure of RNA, a closely related molecule that enables the genetic instructions coded in DNA to express themselves. Doudna became an expert in determining the shapes and structures of these RNA molecules —an expertise that led her to develop a revolutionary new technique that could edit human genes.

Today gene-editing technologies such as CRISPR are already being used to eliminate simple genetic defects that cause disorders such as Tay-Sachs and sickle cell anemia. For now, however, Jennifer and her team are being deployed against our most immediate threat—the coronavirus—and you have just been given a front row seat to that war.

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Author Bio: Walter Isaacson

Author Bio: Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson is the author of highly acclaimed works of nonfiction, including four biographies that have made the #1 spot on the New York Times bestsellers list. A professor of history at Tulane University, he has been CEO of the Aspen Institute, chair of CNN, and editor of Time. Visit him at Isaacson.Tulane.edu.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Runtime: 7.64
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English