“THE CODE BREAKER,” BY WALTER ISAACSON

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Walter Isaacson has the unique gift of taking a difficult subject such a gene editing, or Einstein’s theories, or DA Vinci’s genius, and breaking these subjects and individuals down so that the common person, such as myself, can truly understand the meaning and works of so many ground breaking, ingenious men and women.

Before I die, I always said I wanted to understand Einstein’s theories and after reading Mr. Isaacson’s book on Einstein I never imagined it would be so easy. So, when I picked up his latest work of genius, “The Code Breaker, Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race,” I had no doubt that he would be able to combine gene editing, biological structuring, chemistry, medicine, DNA, and history into one easily understood book, and he did. What I did not expect was that I would be able to read a book that dealt with such complex science and fascinating scientists in one day. This is a very important book, and it is already on my list of the most important books I have ever read.

The book follows the life of Jennifer Doudna, a scientist and researcher, and an army of researchers from around the world as they race toward the editing of DNA that will eventually enable us to cure diseases like sickle cell anemia, cancers, HIV, and was the decisive factor in the life saving vaccines for Covid 19.

With the development of CHISPR, the editing of RNA that is released from our DNA to fight and kill viruses such as Covid 19, Ms. Doudna and a team of scientist have in essence reinvented The Code Of Life. The editing of our DNA can actually start before a fertilized egg is implanted in a woman. If the woman’s family has a history of heart disease the gene that causes the disease can be edited out ensuing the child is not born with the condition, the same with diabetes, sickle-cell, and certain cancers and debilitating diseases. It can also edit the genes that could make a person taller, muscular, and more intelligent. Yes, there are many ethical questions which are fully discussed, but the life saving potential and the lessening of suffering that this research offers is miraculous. 

This book is a must read. If nothing else, it will inform you about the vaccines that will enable the world to get back to some resemblance of normal. It will also remind all of us who the true heroes, who usually go unrecognized, really are.

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