Along with Francis Crick, James Watson was the discoverer of the double helix structure of the DNA molecule, realising both how it was able to reproduce itself and how, through its immense variety, it was able to pass on genetic instructions from one generation to the next. Their discovery paved the way for fifty years of explosive scientific ...
Along with Francis Crick, James Watson was the discoverer of the double helix structure of the DNA molecule, realising both how it was able to reproduce itself and how, through its immense variety, it was able to pass on genetic instructions from one generation to the next. Their discovery paved the way for fifty years of explosive scientific achievement, of extraordinary importance both in strictly scientific terms and for its technological and social significance. From Dolly the sheep to GM foods to designer babies, science-related newspaper headlines have been dominated by the implications of their work. In this book, written to tie-in with a major PBS series in the US, Watson tells the story of this research and its impact on the world in which we live, from its beginnings to the present.
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A wonderful reintroduction to the world of genomics since the frontier days of "The Double Helix"! Processes and terms are interspersed with anecdotes about the researchers and their failures as well as successes. Politics and ethics mingle with pure science. A comprehensive index allows for easy review of terms.
May 24, 2007
For anyone who wants to know more of the journey to finding DNA, how it works in all of us and onwards to Genetic Engineering of foods and possible ways to cure diseases in the future.
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