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DNA

The Story of the Genetic Revolution
Narrated by: Jonathan Cowley
Length: 19 hrs and 24 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Biology
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The definitive insider's history of the genetic revolution - significantly updated to reflect the discoveries of the last decade.

James D. Watson, the Nobel laureate whose pioneering work helped unlock the mystery of DNA's structure, charts the greatest scientific journey of our time, from the discovery of the double helix to today's controversies to what the future may hold. Updated to include new findings in gene editing, epigenetics, and agricultural chemistry as well as two entirely new chapters on personal genomics and cancer research. This is the most comprehensive and authoritative exploration of DNA's impact - practical, social, and ethical - on our society and our world.

©2017 James D. Watson, Andrew Berry, and Kevin Davies (P)2017 Random House Audio

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"Unlocking the secret of life was the greatest accomplishment of science in the 20th century and laid the foundation for medicine in the 21st century. Over the past 50 years, Jim Watson has been at the center of this revolution. No one has a broader perspective. And, no one can tell its story more compellingly. Watson brings alive the grand ideas, human foibles, and social challenges in a way will both engage the general public and inspire a new generation of young scientists." (Eric Lander, founder and director of the Whitehead Center for Genome Research)
"Only James Watson combines the verve and authority to take us on such an exciting, fast-paced journey into the continuing storm of DNA science. This landmark summary asks where the new biology will take us, and gives arresting vignettes of major participants in the DNA revolution. The key experiments and fascinating unknowns are laid out as plain as day." (Victor McElheny, author of Watson and DNA: Making a Scientific Revolution)

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a comprehensive and thorough review of genetics

the subject knowledge is deep, well articulated and clearly put across. the authors are not especially engaging or exciting in their style. Expect to be impressed but not enchanted. Probably the least interesting yet fascinating book I've listened to... yet I loved it!

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Kept my attention all the way to the end

I've started "reading" audio books to relax while I listen.
Like most people I have an interest in DNA.
This book tells a compelling story of discovery and meaning and opened my eyes to some of the possibilities for the future (politics permitting).
I strongly recommend this book and plan to read it again.

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  • OldWhiteGuyinDenver
  • 26-11-18

Excellent review of Genetics Research

I have listened to several recent books on genetics, e.g. 'The Tangled Tree' by David Quammen and 'She Has Her Mother's Smile' by Carl Zimmer, 'A Crack in Creation' by Jennifer Doudna. These are all great, but this revised version of an earlier book seems both up to date and and as comprehensive as feasible for a non-specialist audience. I found it so informative that I purchased the paperback to read more carefully and to serve as a reference. I found the final chapter in which the author discusses the debate about whether it is permissible for humans to improve themselves genetically when it becomes technically feasible to do so safely - to be particularly interesting - perhaps because my views align closely with those of the author. Dr. Watson, at 90+ is refreshingly willing to share not only his prodigious knowledge about genetics, biochemistry, cancer, etc. but also his views about how we should use this knowledge. This is probably the personally most impactful audio book I have listened to in the past couple of years. My only small criticism is the British accent of the narrator. It is clear he did not grow up in Chicago and Bloomington, Indiana.

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  • Matthew Duncan
  • 24-04-18

Structures the history of everything DNA

Hearing the story of 'life' revealed from Dr. James Watson himself, with full coverage of all the twists and turns, politics and triumphs, and the absolutely phenomenal progress made, is the pure essence of education, and that which defines the difference between ignorance and enlightenment. You MUST read this, if you wish to participate in the journey of enlightenment!

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  • Miranda
  • 10-11-17

A great review of the progress made regarding DNA

A very interesting read / listen for anyone who works with DNA! Makes one appreciate how far the technologies have come!

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  • delusional
  • 18-10-19

Fascinating and Eloquently Written

James Watson is clearly a proponent of advancing all areas of genetic science for good, with compelling arguments. This was the first book on DNA I have read, and although I can't say I understood every word (as the author said he had aspired to write in a way that a non biologist would understand every word), I feel I came away with a broad understanding of the history and major facets of genetic science, as well as some of the social and political considerations. At nearly 500 pages, I confess I at times wished for a shortened summary.

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  • Oleksii Kuchaiev
  • 25-06-19

One of the best books I’ve ever read

I am not a biologists but wholeheartedly enjoyed this book. It gives a fantastic, breathtaking (and very well written) overview of the field of genetics and its implications to medicine and beyond. The author does a great job explaining exciting advances, potential breakthroughs and dangers of genetics. He also does a great job of pointing out that the progress is not something that is given but is something that is worth fighting for because of its potential to improve human condition much like it did during enlightenment and subsequent agricultural and industrial revolutions.

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  • Purchaser
  • 11-11-18

Very Informative!

I enjoyed this trip through DNA land years to discover many things about myself and my ancestors. Great book and enjoyable listen. Highly recommended!! #Inspiring #SelfDiscovery #WorldWarII #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Jeffrey
  • 10-06-19

So Much Great Information in One Book!

Loved this book. It should be required reading for all. It was an especially great read, after finishing "Double Helix" by the same author.