The Code Breaker:

Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing and the Future of the Human Race

by Walter Isaacson

Registration opens March 22

Code BreakerJoin the thought provoking book discussion, Thursday, April 18, 4 p.m.

Driven by a passion to understand how nature works and to turn discoveries into inventions, Jennifer Doudna would help to make what the book’s author, James Watson, told her was the most important biological advance since his codiscovery of the structure of DNA. She and her collaborators turned a curiosity of nature into an invention that will transform the human race: an easy-to-use tool that can edit DNA. Known as CRISPR, it opened a brave new world of medical miracles and moral questions.

The development of CRISPR and the race to create vaccines for coronavirus will hasten our transition to the next great innovation revolution. The past half-century has been a digital age, based on the microchip, computer, and internet. Now we are entering a life-science revolution. Children who study digital coding will be joined by those who study genetic code.

Should we use our new evolution-hacking powers to make us less susceptible to viruses? What a wonderful boon that would be! And what about preventing depression? Hmmm…Should we allow parents, if they can afford it, to enhance the height or muscles or IQ of their kids?

After helping to discover CRISPR, Doudna became a leader in wrestling with these moral issues and, with her collaborator Emmanuelle Charpentier, won the Nobel Prize in 2020. Her story is an “enthralling detective story” (Oprah Daily) that involves the most profound wonders of nature, from the origins of life to the future of our species.

If you register and find that you are unable to attend, email so someone from the wait list can be contacted. 

WAITLIST:  If an event has sold out, be sure add your name to the waitlist by registering for the event

Thursday, April 18, 4 - 5:30 p.m.


COST: No charge

MAXIMUM: 24 - there will be a waitlist