Walter Isaacson’s New Biography ‘The Code Breaker’ Spotlights A Pioneer In Gene Editing

The book follows Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Jennifer Doudna’s trailblazing work and how it’s pushing the bounds of biotech.

Books Walter Issacson
Books Walter Issacson

Walter Isaacson’s New Biography ‘The Code Breaker’ Spotlights A Pioneer In Gene Editing

The book follows Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Jennifer Doudna’s trailblazing work and how it’s pushing the bounds of biotech.

Renowned biographer Walter Isaacson explores Jennifer Doudna’s career and her part in the groundbreaking invention of CRISPR — a tool that allows us to edit genes and select traits in babies — in his new book, The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race.

Reset talks to the author about the book ahead of his Chicago Humanities Festival virtual event on Thursday night.

GUEST: Walter Isaacson, author and history professor at Tulane University, former CEO at Aspen Institute