The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, And The Future Of The Human Race

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"Kathe Mazur skillfully narrates this clear and well-researched biography of Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna, who, along with colleagues, advanced biochemistry by employing CRISPR technology to improve and simplify genetic engineering—ultimately leading to a safe, effective COVID vaccine. Moving beyond Doudna's own story, this audiobook also discusses the role of women in science, the intersection of research and business, competitiveness (and cooperation) in academia, and the implications of altering human genes. Mazur's personable delivery and measured pace help listeners access the science and connect to Doudna as a woman and a researcher. Her performance highlights the excitement of new discoveries, the difficulties of forging new paths, the wide-ranging ethical concerns of emerging technologies, and the hope for humanity's future. Author Walter Isaacson reads the epilogue."


  • 001 TheCodeBreaker Open

    Duration: 34s
  • 002 TheCodeBreaker Introduction IntoTheBreach

    Duration: 18min
  • 003 TheCodeBreaker PartOne TheOriginsOfLife Chapter1 Hilo

    Duration: 15min
  • 004 TheCodeBreaker Chapter2 TheGene

    Duration: 10min
  • 005 TheCodeBreaker Chapter3 DNA

    Duration: 27min
  • 006 TheCodeBreaker Chapter4 TheEducationOfABiochemist

    Duration: 13min
  • 007 TheCodeBreaker Chapter5 TheHumanGenome

    Duration: 10min
  • 008 TheCodeBreaker Chapter6 RNA

    Duration: 17min
  • 009 TheCodeBreaker Chapter7 TwistAndFold

    Duration: 22min
  • 010 TheCodeBreaker Chapter8 Berkeley

    Duration: 10min
  • 011 TheCodeBreaker PartTwo CRISPR Chapter9 ClusteredRepeats

    Duration: 15min
  • 012 TheCodeBreaker Chapter10 TheFreeSpeechMovementCafe

    Duration: 04min
  • 013 TheCodeBreaker Chapter11 JumpingIn

    Duration: 13min
  • 014 TheCodeBreaker Chapter12 TheYogurtMakers

    Duration: 14min
  • 015 TheCodeBreaker Chapter13 Genentech

    Duration: 12min
  • 016 TheCodeBreaker Chapter14 TheLab

    Duration: 18min
  • 017 TheCodeBreaker Chapter15 Caribou

    Duration: 12min
  • 018 TheCodeBreaker Chapter16 EmmanuelleCharpentier

    Duration: 21min
  • 019 TheCodeBreaker Chapter17 CRISPRCas9

    Duration: 13min
  • 020 TheCodeBreaker Chapter18 Science2012

    Duration: 07min
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