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Fifty years ago, James D. Watson, then just twenty four, helped launch the greatest ongoing scientific quest of our time. Now, with unique authority and sweeping vision, he gives us the first full account of the genetic revolution?from Mendel?s garden to the double helix to the sequencing of the human genome and beyond.

Watson?s lively, panoramic narrative begins with the fanciful speculations of the ancients as to why ?like begets like? before skipping ahead to 1866, when an Austrian monk named Gregor Mendel first deduced the basic laws of inheritance. But genetics as we recognize it today?with its capacity, both thrilling and sobering, to manipulate the very essence of living things?came into being only with the rise of molecular investigations culminating in the breakthrough discovery of the structure of DNA, for which Watson shared a Nobel prize in 1962. In the DNA molecule?s graceful curves was the key to a whole new science.

Having shown that the secret of life is chemical, modern genetics has set mankind off on a journey unimaginable just a few decades ago. Watson provides the general reader with clear explanations of molecular processes and emerging technologies. He shows us how DNA continues to alter our understanding of human origins, and of our identities as groups and as individuals. And with the insight of one who has remained close to every advance in research since the double helix, he reveals how genetics has unleashed a wealth of possibilities to alter the human condition?from genetically modified foods to genetically modified babies?and transformed itself from a domain of pure research into one of big business as well. It is a sometimes topsy-turvy world full of great minds and great egos, driven by ambitions to improve the human condition as well as to improve investment portfolios, a world vividly captured in these pages.

Facing a future of choices and social and ethical implications of which we dare not remain uninformed, we could have no better guide than James Watson, who leads us with the same bravura storytelling that made The Double Helix one of the most successful books on science ever published. Infused with a scientist?s awe at nature?s marvels and a humanist?s profound sympathies, DNA is destined to become the classic telling of the defining scientific saga of our age.

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"Unlocking the secret of life was the greatest accomplishment of science in the twentieth century and laid the foundation for medicine in the twenty-first. Watson brings the story of this revolution to life ? the grand ideas, human foibles, and social challenges ? in a way that will both engage the general public and inspire a new generation of young scientists." Eric Lander, founder and director, Whitehead Center for Genome Research

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"James Watson has beeen an eyewitness to every revolution in molecular biology, from the double helix to the genome. He sees further and more clearly than anybody else in the field. Give this fabulously good book to anybody who wants to understand whatthe excitement is all about." Matt Ridley, author of Genome

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"Only James Watson could have written this book: no one else knows DNA from so many perspectives, and no one else writes in such an utterly riviting and independent manner. DNA is a singularly lucid life story of a molecule and its determining role in human nature, society, medicine, and our future as a species. It is an important book and a delight to read." Kay Redfield jamison, author of An Unquiet Mind

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"A remarkable alignment of the planets is occurring in 2003: the 50th anniversary of the double helix and the completion of the sequence of the human genome. As a defining figure in both landmark events, no other human being on the planet is positioned to write as authoritatively about all this as Jim Watson. In DNA: The Secret of Life he does so with characteristic clarity, style, and wit. If you really want to know what happened in the most important half-century of biology since the world began, read this!" Francis Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute

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"This is the story of DNA and therefore the story of life, history, sex (lots of sex!), money, drugs, and still-to-be-revealed secrets. DNA is quite a molecule?she's been around a long time and played a lot of roles. At last, she has a truly worthy biographer." Mary-Claire King, American Cancer Society Professor, University of Washington School of Medicine

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?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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From a renowned scientist comes the first single volume to chart the entire genetic revolution ? published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the DNA breakthrough. From genetically modified food to genetically modified babies, Watson reveals a future of choices and implications of which readers dare not remain uninformed. 100 illustrations.

Synopsis:

Since his contribution to the discover of the structure of the DNA molecule, James D. Watson has been a leading figure int he greatest ongoing scientific quest of our times: to understand the mystery of life. Now in DNA: The Secret of Life he explores the great consequences of genetic advances for the way we live now and will live tomorrow. From genetically modified food to genetically modified babies he reveals a future of choices and implications of which we dare not remain uninformed. Read on to learn what his key viewpoints about DNA really are. You might be surprised....

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 415-420) and index.

Synopsis:

Fifty years ago, James D. Watson, then just twentyfour, helped launch the greatest ongoing scientific quest of our time. Now, with unique authority and sweeping vision, he gives us the first full account of the genetic revolution—from Mendel’s garden to the double helix to the sequencing of the human genome and beyond.

Watson’s lively, panoramic narrative begins with the fanciful speculations of the ancients as to why “like begets like” before skipping ahead to 1866, when an Austrian monk named Gregor Mendel first deduced the basic laws of inheritance. But genetics as we recognize it today—with its capacity, both thrilling and sobering, to manipulate the very essence of living things—came into being only with the rise of molecular investigations culminating in the breakthrough discovery of the structure of DNA, for which Watson shared a Nobel prize in 1962. In the DNA molecule’s graceful curves was the key to a whole new science.

Having shown that the secret of life is chemical, modern genetics has set mankind off on a journey unimaginable just a few decades ago. Watson provides the general reader with clear explanations of molecular processes and emerging technologies. He shows us how DNA continues to alter our understanding of human origins, and of our identities as groups and as individuals. And with the insight of one who has remained close to every advance in research since the double helix, he reveals how genetics has unleashed a wealth of possibilities to alter the human condition—from genetically modified foods to genetically modified babies—and transformed itself from a domain of pure research into one of big business as well. It is a sometimes topsy-turvy world full of great minds and great egos, driven by ambitions to improve the human condition as well as to improve investment portfolios, a world vividly captured in these pages.

Facing a future of choices and social and ethical implications of which we dare not remain uninformed, we could have no better guide than James Watson, who leads us with the same bravura storytelling that made The Double Helix one of the most successful books on science ever published. Infused with a scientist’s awe at nature’s marvels and a humanist’s profound sympathies, DNA is destined to become the classic telling of the defining scientific saga of our age.

About the Author

James D. Watson was director of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York from 1968 to 1993 and is now its president. He was the first director of the National Center for Human Genome Research of the National Institutes of Health from 1989 to 1992. A member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society, he has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the National Medal of Science, and, with Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins, the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1962.

Andrew Berry, with a Ph.D. in fruit fly genetics, is a research associate of Harvard University?s Museum of Comparative Zoology. A writer and teacher, he is the editor of a collection of the writings of the Victorian biologist Alfred Russel Wallace, Infinite Tropics (Verso, 2002).

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redspike47, September 28, 2008 (view all comments by redspike47)
Kind of confusing if your on the dull side, otherwise its great for those interested in DNA and other scientific books about it. For those who are reading this as a high school book its great for your mind!
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rustgi, August 25, 2006 (view all comments by rustgi)
Paramount literature is available on the structure, orientation and discovery of DNA, but their impact is puzzling and tensile. Whereas, DNA: The Secret of Life authored by Dr. Watson is like perceiving all this information in a very mild and melodious way. I really appreciated going through the above title and would like to recommend the same for the students, who have just entered the field of molecular biology and would like to do better in it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375415463
Subtitle:
The Secret of Life
With:
Berry, Andrew
Author:
James D. Watson with Andrew Berry
Author:
Berry, Andrew
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York
Subject:
History
Subject:
Genetics
Subject:
Dna
Subject:
Life Sciences - Genetics & Genomics
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - Molecular Biology
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
5
Publication Date:
April 2003
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9.44x7.77x1.30 in. 2.77 lbs.

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Product details 464 pages Alfred A. Knopf - English 9780375415463 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Unlocking the secret of life was the greatest accomplishment of science in the twentieth century and laid the foundation for medicine in the twenty-first. Watson brings the story of this revolution to life ? the grand ideas, human foibles, and social challenges ? in a way that will both engage the general public and inspire a new generation of young scientists."
"Review" by , "James Watson has beeen an eyewitness to every revolution in molecular biology, from the double helix to the genome. He sees further and more clearly than anybody else in the field. Give this fabulously good book to anybody who wants to understand whatthe excitement is all about."
"Review" by , "Only James Watson could have written this book: no one else knows DNA from so many perspectives, and no one else writes in such an utterly riviting and independent manner. DNA is a singularly lucid life story of a molecule and its determining role in human nature, society, medicine, and our future as a species. It is an important book and a delight to read."
"Review" by , "A remarkable alignment of the planets is occurring in 2003: the 50th anniversary of the double helix and the completion of the sequence of the human genome. As a defining figure in both landmark events, no other human being on the planet is positioned to write as authoritatively about all this as Jim Watson. In DNA: The Secret of Life he does so with characteristic clarity, style, and wit. If you really want to know what happened in the most important half-century of biology since the world began, read this!"
"Review" by , "This is the story of DNA and therefore the story of life, history, sex (lots of sex!), money, drugs, and still-to-be-revealed secrets. DNA is quite a molecule?she's been around a long time and played a lot of roles. At last, she has a truly worthy biographer."
"Review" by , ?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.?
"Synopsis" by , From a renowned scientist comes the first single volume to chart the entire genetic revolution ? published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the DNA breakthrough. From genetically modified food to genetically modified babies, Watson reveals a future of choices and implications of which readers dare not remain uninformed. 100 illustrations.
"Synopsis" by , Since his contribution to the discover of the structure of the DNA molecule, James D. Watson has been a leading figure int he greatest ongoing scientific quest of our times: to understand the mystery of life. Now in DNA: The Secret of Life he explores the great consequences of genetic advances for the way we live now and will live tomorrow. From genetically modified food to genetically modified babies he reveals a future of choices and implications of which we dare not remain uninformed. Read on to learn what his key viewpoints about DNA really are. You might be surprised....
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. 415-420) and index.
"Synopsis" by , Fifty years ago, James D. Watson, then just twentyfour, helped launch the greatest ongoing scientific quest of our time. Now, with unique authority and sweeping vision, he gives us the first full account of the genetic revolution—from Mendel’s garden to the double helix to the sequencing of the human genome and beyond.

Watson’s lively, panoramic narrative begins with the fanciful speculations of the ancients as to why “like begets like” before skipping ahead to 1866, when an Austrian monk named Gregor Mendel first deduced the basic laws of inheritance. But genetics as we recognize it today—with its capacity, both thrilling and sobering, to manipulate the very essence of living things—came into being only with the rise of molecular investigations culminating in the breakthrough discovery of the structure of DNA, for which Watson shared a Nobel prize in 1962. In the DNA molecule’s graceful curves was the key to a whole new science.

Having shown that the secret of life is chemical, modern genetics has set mankind off on a journey unimaginable just a few decades ago. Watson provides the general reader with clear explanations of molecular processes and emerging technologies. He shows us how DNA continues to alter our understanding of human origins, and of our identities as groups and as individuals. And with the insight of one who has remained close to every advance in research since the double helix, he reveals how genetics has unleashed a wealth of possibilities to alter the human condition—from genetically modified foods to genetically modified babies—and transformed itself from a domain of pure research into one of big business as well. It is a sometimes topsy-turvy world full of great minds and great egos, driven by ambitions to improve the human condition as well as to improve investment portfolios, a world vividly captured in these pages.

Facing a future of choices and social and ethical implications of which we dare not remain uninformed, we could have no better guide than James Watson, who leads us with the same bravura storytelling that made The Double Helix one of the most successful books on science ever published. Infused with a scientist’s awe at nature’s marvels and a humanist’s profound sympathies, DNA is destined to become the classic telling of the defining scientific saga of our age.

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