It is an invention that allows us to rewrite the genetic code that shapes and controls all living beings with astonishing accuracy and ease. Thanks to it, dreams of genetic manipulation have become a stark reality: the power to cure disease and alleviate suffering, to create new sources of food and energy, as well as to redesign any species, including humans, for our own ends.
Jennifer Doudna is the co-inventor of this technology, known as CRISPR, and a scientist of worldwide renown. Writing with fellow researcher Sam Sternberg, here she provides the definitive account of her discovery, explaining how this wondrous invention works and what it is capable of.
A Crack in Creation also asks us to consider what our new-found power means: how do we enjoy its unprecedented benefits while avoiding its equally unprecedented dangers? As Doudna argues, every member of our species is implicated in the answers to these questions. Somehow we must consider and act together.
The future of humankind and of all life on Earth is at stake. This book is an essential guide to the path that now lies ahead.