DNA: The Secret of Life by James D. Watson, Andrew Berry

By James D. Watson, Andrew Berry

Fifty years in the past, James D. Watson, then simply twentyfour, helped release the best ongoing medical quest of our time. Now, with distinctive authority and sweeping imaginative and prescient, he supplies us the 1st complete account of the genetic revolution—from Mendel’s backyard to the double helix to the sequencing of the human genome and beyond.

Watson’s energetic, panoramic narrative starts with the fanciful speculations of the ancients as to why “like begets like” ahead of skipping forward to 1866, while an Austrian monk named Gregor Mendel first deduced the elemental legislation of inheritance. yet genetics as we realize it today—with its potential, either exciting and sobering, to control the very essence of residing things—came into being in simple terms with the increase of molecular investigations culminating within the leap forward discovery of the constitution of DNA, for which Watson shared a Nobel prize in 1962. within the DNA molecule’s sleek curves used to be the main to a complete new science.

Having proven that the key of existence is chemical, sleek genetics has set mankind off on a trip unbelievable quite a few many years in the past. Watson offers the final reader with transparent factors of molecular approaches and rising applied sciences. He exhibits us how DNA keeps to change our realizing of human origins, and of our identities as teams and as participants. And with the perception of 1 who has remained with regards to each develop in study because the double helix, he unearths how genetics has unleashed a wealth of percentages to change the human condition—from genetically transformed meals to genetically converted babies—and reworked itself from a website of natural learn into one in all huge company to boot. it's a occasionally topsy-turvy international choked with nice minds and nice egos, pushed by way of pursuits to enhance the human situation in addition to to enhance funding portfolios, an international vividly captured in those pages.

Facing a way forward for offerings and social and moral implications of which we dare no longer stay uninformed, lets haven't any greater advisor than James Watson, who leads us with an analogous bravura storytelling that made The Double Helix the most winning books on technology ever released. Infused with a scientist’s awe at nature’s marvels and a humanist’s profound sympathies, DNA is destined to develop into the vintage telling of the defining clinical saga of our age.

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This, if nothing else, would save society a lot of money because those who had required incarceration, whether in prisons or insane asylums, would be rendered “safe” for release. Second, it would prevent the likes of Clawson from passing their inferior (degenerate) genes on to subsequent generations. Sterilization, Sharp believed, offered the perfect solution to the eugenic crisis. ” Indiana's was the first of many: eventually thirty American states had enacted similar statutes, and by 1941 some sixty thousand individuals in the United States had duly been sterilized, half of them in California alone.

Sloan Foundation then secured seed money to ensure that the idea would turn into something more concrete. Andrew Berry was recruited in 2000 to hammer out a detailed outline for the TV series and has since become a regular commuter between his base in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and JDW's at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on the north coast of Long Island, close to New York City. From the start, our goal was to go beyond merely recounting the events of the past fifty years. DNA has moved from being an esoteric molecule only of interest to a handful of specialists to being the heart of a technology that is transforming many aspects of the way we all live.

The trait has skipped at least one generation. Mendel's results implied that things—material objects—were transmitted from generation to generation. But what was the nature of these things? At about the time of Mendel's death in 1884, scientists using ever-improving optics to study the minute architecture of cells coined the term “chromosome” to describe the long stringy bodies in the cell nucleus. But it was not until 1902 that Mendel and chromosomes came together. The human X chromo-some, as seen with an electron microscope A medical student at Columbia University, Walter Sutton, realized that chromosomes had a lot in common with Mendel's mysterious factors.

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