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Editing Humanity: The CRISPR Revolution and the New Era of Genome Editing

Kevin Davies, Pegasus Books, Riverside, NJ, $29.95, 336 pages, Oct. 2020, ISBN: 978-1-643-13308-9


Our genes have the power to dictate our destiny. Scientists, however, have devised methods to alter our DNA, potentially changing the course of our lives. Millions might be spared the devastating effects of hereditary diseases or the challenges of disabilities. But, the ability to edit genes has the potential to be misused, raising major ethical questions.

The newest and most impactful gene editing tool is CRISPR, which earned its inventors this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry and made headlines last year for its controversial role in genetically editing human babies in China. CRISPR enables scientists to not only engineer but also edit the DNA of any organism, down to the individual building blocks of the genetic code.

This book introduces readers to CRISPR technology, which is arguably one of the most profound scientific breakthroughs of our time. Hear from scientists on the front lines of research and patients whose powerful...

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