I knew this book would be a great read from the get go but trust me when I say that it gave a vivid descriptions of fundamental facts of DNA and DNA technology. James Watson's novel furthered my understanding on transcription and translation when tackling these subjects for the first time in my biology class. It even shocked my teacher when he received my lab report at the end of the week because he couldn't believe the work I was able to perform. The author also included, thankfully, a summary of the harsh and mind blowing trials involved with dedicating your life to science and further more changing the world. I would definitely give this book three thumbs up if i had that many
For the general interest listener, this book surveys DNA and its resulting technologies and applications. It provides historical context and a better feel for emerging biotechnology applications. There are a section or two where the justification for support of the science appears a bit "preachy", however this is easy to overlook in the broad sweep of topics treated fairly SNP's and all.
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The book doesn't suffer at all from its age. It explains complex material in simple to understand prose. The author writes the book as a series of essays but links them all together as a coherent whole. I've read more recent books on DNA and its ramifications, but none of them covered these topics better than this book did.
A very informative treatment of genetics and the history of its science. I was worried that Watson would focus solely on his own work - but no, he gives the listener a wide view of the field.
Overall a well-written book, but I wished Watson had shared with his audience his research findings on the ethical questions his committee had posed in the Human Genome Project. It would be very interesting to find out the conditions and sets of parameters under which the ethics are explored and questioned, because I suspected the information would be helpful to his audience to weigh the pros and cons for themselves, and therefore fully appreciating the merits and benefits of genetic research. Sometimes I sensed fixed messages on Watson's attitude, or his ethical pros and cons on the use of genetic research. For instance, although I applauded Watson's stance against nefarious commercialization of human genes, or any life form for that matter, I became confused with his espousing the BT gene in reducing pesticide use, since he didn't seem too concerned with the adventitious spreading of genetically engineered plants into "wild" types. Indeed, the enterprise to "play with genes" can only bring up more questions for each one of us to face sooner or later in our life time, and by not sharing with his audience the findings of his research on ethics, Watson unfortunately performed a unsavory disservice to his audience.
Informative, a little dry, but good account of the history of genetics and possibilities from such. Good read for those interested in one of the principal scientists behind the Human Genome Project or in genetics in general concerning DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) that we all, very specifically, contain in every cell of our body. This was my third book regarding DNA and genetics.
Research Technologist with deep interests in Host Cell - Pathogen Interactions & Cancer Research. I enjoy and mostly listen to Non-Fiction audiobooks on Medicine/Science, War and History. I also like to Game when I'm not in the lab.
This brought a lot of histories and informations that were never thought in school to me. I really love the way it covers everything from bio-engineered crops, eugenics, forensics, how-it-does and why-it-does. As a Scientist, I recommend it to everyone especially those in these fields.
This book gave just the completely history of what we know about DNA to date. Very informative and was a great review of everything I learned in college (I was a Biology major). Was really fun hearing the story from Watson's perspective. This read is a great way to add to your knowledge or to review information about DNA. It might be difficult to follow, however, if you have very limited understanding about DNA, nucleotides, basic chemical structure etc. Might want to do a little Wiki research and get familiar with some vocab first if this is your first rodeo; Watson gets pretty technical in some parts and it might go over your head. Had I not just finished my undergrad, it would have gone over mine.