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The Woman Who Would Reengineer Humans: The Code Breaker

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The New York Times calls The Code Breaker “A biography of the woman who will re-engineer humans.” It’s a sweeping and astounding detective tale, from the origins of life to the future of our species. It begins with a curious 11-year-old girl named Jennifer. Soon we are encountering terms like DNA, crRNA, and CRISPR; so the author, Walter Isaacson, does his usual magic, explaining them in plain English. We learn that the code breaker is really a protein that can be engineered to snip out sections of the DNA double-helix molecule carrying its genes. In short, a tool that could rewrite the code of life and change humanity. But first, Nobel prize-winner Jennifer Doudna had to win an intense worldwide race to patent this groundbreaking gene editing technique. Finally, Isaacson poses troublesome moral questions: If we could fix genetic diseases, or enhance our longevity, shouldn’t we do so? What are the risks? And who should decide? We want your informed opinion! Our book will be The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race by Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster, 2021). Twenty– forty pages of weekly reading will be supplemented with articles and videos. 

Class Details

14 Sessions
Weekly - Wed

Virtual - Any Location

MultipleInstructor :
1.Steve VanderVoort2.Carol Dietz3.Mark Rosenberg 



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
9/8/2021 - 12/8/2021 Weekly - Wed 1:15 PM - 3:15 PM N/A, Virtual - Any Location  Map Mark Rosenberg  ; Carol Dietz  ; Steve VanderVoort 
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