Masterminds: Genius, DNA, and the Quest to Rewrite Life

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Harper Collins, 6 okt. 2009 - 288 sidor
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James Watson, J. Craig Venter, Francis Collins, Cynthia Kenyon . . . you may not know them, but you should. They are the masterminds of genetics and biotechnology who want you to live to be 150 years old, to regenerate your heart and brain, to create synthetic life. For better or worse, they are about to alter life on earth forever.

Award-winning journalist David Ewing Duncan tells the remarkable stories of cutting-edge bioscientists, revealing their quirky, uniquely fascinating, sometimes vaguely unsettling personas as a means to understand their science and the astonishing implications of their work. This book seamlessly combines myth, biography, scholarship, and wit that poses the all-important question: Can we actually trust these masterminds?

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The Geneticist Who Played Hoops with My DNA I
1
A Genetic Primer
21
Prometheus
29
2
57
Paul Francis Collins
85
Faustus Craig Venter
121
Zeus James Watson
155
Puck Sydney Brenner
179
Moses
201
What If Frankensteins Monster Had Einsteins Brain?
231
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David Ewing Duncan is the author of five books, including the international bestseller Calendar, and writes for Wired, Discover, and The Atlantic Monthly. He is a freelance producer and correspondent for ABC's Nightline, and a commentator on NPR's Morning Edition. He also writes the popular "Biotech and Creativity" column for the San Francisco Chronicle. In 2003, he won the Magazine Journalism Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He lives in San Francisco, California.

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