Life's Greatest Secret

The Race to Crack the Genetic Code
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Product Number: Z100099101
Released: Aug 11, 2015
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ISBN: #9781494595593
Narrator/s: John Lee
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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Everyone has heard of the story of DNA as the story of Watson and Crick and Rosalind Franklin, but knowing the structure of DNA was only a part of a greater struggle to understand life's secrets. Life's Greatest Secret is the story of the discovery and cracking of the genetic code, the thing that ultimately enables a spiraling molecule to give rise to the life that exists all around us. This great scientific breakthrough has had far-reaching consequences for how we understand ourselves and our place in the natural world, and for how we might take control of our (and life's) future. Life's Greatest Secret mixes remarkable insights, theoretical dead-ends, and ingenious experiments with the swift pace of a thriller. From New York to Paris, Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Cambridge, England, and London to Moscow, the greatest discovery of twentieth-century biology was truly a global feat. Biologist and historian of science Matthew Cobb gives the full and rich account of the cooperation and competition between the eccentric characters who contributed to this revolutionary new science. And, while every new discovery was a leap forward for science, Cobb shows how every new answer inevitably led to new questions that were at least as difficult to answer. But the setbacks and unexpected discoveries are what make the science exciting. This is a riveting story of humans exploring what it is that makes us human and how the world works.

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Author(s): Matthew Cobb
Genre: Science, History
Original Publish Date: Aug 11, 2015

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Author(s): Matthew Cobb
Narrator(s): John Lee
Genre: Science, History
Product Number DD21090
Released: Aug 11, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781494515591

Professional reviews

"Absolutely fascinating listening. Narrator John Lee brings his many skills to what might have been dry history. Instead, he makes this a memorable "page-turner," and his delivery sounds like that of the best professor you ever had. He enlivens the intriguing topic by injecting an urgency into the scientists' epic quest to understand human genetics in all its fundamentals and complexity. The author does his part, of course. Cobb is a fine practitioner of practical and elegant prose. Both men appear to be entranced by the scientific pursuit. As is the listener. D.R.W. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"

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