A Nobel Prize-winning scientist heralds the achievements of forefront innovators while drawing on personal lab expertise to illuminate five major ideas underpinning biology, including the cell, the gene, evolution by natural selection, life as chemistry and life as information.
Drawing on archival research, including interviews with James Watson and Franklin’s sister, this authoritative history of the race to unravel DNA’s structure focuses on Rosalind Franklin, the lone Jewish woman among young male scientists, finally giving the woman at the center of this drama her due.
A portrait of the Nobel Prize-winning scientist explores the impact of James Watson’s The Double Helix on her career and how her team’s invention of CRISPR technology enabled revolutionary DNA-editing approaches to fighting disease.
Based on more than 40 interviews with Steve Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than 100 family members, friends, adversaries, competitors and colleagues--the author offers a fascinating look at the co-founder and leading creative force behind the Apple computer company.
A National Academy of Sciences biologist and author of the best-selling Your Inner Fish presents a lively account of the planet’s great evolutionary transformations that explores whether or not the presence of human life has been accidental or inevitable.
The best-selling author of Benjamin Franklin draws on da Vinci's remarkable notebooks as well as new discoveries about his life and work in a narrative portrait that connects the master's art to his science, demonstrating how da Vinci's genius was based on the skills and qualities of everyday people, from curiosity and observation to imagination and fantasy.
Two award-winning Berkeley scientists explore the potential of a revolutionary genetics technology capable of easily and affordably manipulating DNA in human embryos to prevent specific diseases, addressing key concerns about related ethical and societal repercussions.
A researched exploration of the promises and vulnerabilities of having children in an age of genetic tests and interventions considers key scientific, technological and political factors while sharing the stories of men and women struggling to understand the range of the tests and their revelations.
A New York Times science reporter traces the experiences of a family of doctors devastated by a genetic illness, describing how a courageous daughter pursued genetic testing to assess her risks and modern fertility options to spare future generations.
Presents a history of gene science that examines current debates about gene resequencing, tracing the author's family experiences with mental illness and the contributions of key scientists and philosophers. Reprint. A #1 New York Times best-seller. A New York Times Notable Book. One of the Washington Post's Ten Best Books of 2016.
A physician, evolutionary biologist and best-selling author describes the exciting new discoveries in human genome research and explains how understanding how DNA and chemical compounds work together in our bodies can lead to a healthier future.
A revelatory history of the people who created the computer and the internet discusses the process through which innovation happens in the modern world. By the author of Steve Jobs. Reprint. Named one of the Best Books of 2014 by The New York Times, The Washington Post and the Financial Times.
Would you cut out your healthy breasts and ovaries if you thought it might save your life? That's not a theoretical question for journalist Lizzie Stark's relatives, who grapple with the horrific legacy of cancer built into the family DNA. It is a BRCA mutation that has robbed most of her female relatives of breasts, ovaries, peace of mind, or life itself. In Pandora's DNA, Stark uses her family's experience to frame a larger story about the so-called breast cancer genes, exploring the morass of legal quandaries, scientific developments, medical breakthroughs, and ethical concerns that surround the BRCA mutations. She tells of the troubling history of prophylactic surgery and the storied origins of the boob job and relates the landmark lawsuit against Myriad Genetics, which held patents on the BRCA genes every human carries in their body until the Supreme Court overturned them in 2013. Although a genetic test for cancer risk may sound like the height of scientific development, the treatment remains crude and barbaric. Through her own experience, Stark shows what it's like to live in a brave new world where gazing into a crystal ball of genetics has many unintended consequences.
The author of A Life Decoded explains how his team's achievement with sequencing the human genome has launched an important age of biological research, revealing a growing potential for enabling humans to adapt and evolve for long-term survival and environmental improvement
Documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling discoveries in such areas as cancer research, in vitro fertilization and gene mapping.
A fascinating chronicle of the evolution of humankind traces the genetic history of the organs of the human body, offering a revealing correlation between the distant past and present-day human anatomy and physiology, behavior, illness, and DNA.
A geneticist and author of Endless Forms Most Beautiful discusses the role of DNA in the evolution of life on Earth, explaining how an analysis of DNA reveals a complete record of the events that have shaped each species and how it provides evidence of the validity of the theory of evolution.
In a new collection of essays from Natural History magazine, the renowned paleotologist and evolutionary biologist discusses topics ranging from Charles Darwin to Old Testament Psalms, from the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park to the ethical challenges of science.