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Walter Isaacson is an American analyst, author, journalist, historian, and professor. Positions that he's held include serving as the President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C., as well as the chairperson and CEO of CNN and as the managing editor of Time.
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Editing Humanity
The CRISPR Revolution and the New Era of Genome Editing
Kevin Davies - 2020-10-06
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One of the world's leading experts on genetics unravels one of the most important breakthroughs in modern science and medicine.If our genes are, to a great extent, our destiny, then what would happen if mankind could engineer and alter the very essence of our DNA coding? Millions might be spared the devastating effects of hereditary disease or the ...
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@UrnovFyodor @HankGreelyLSJU And speaking of good books on CRISPR, another good one is @KevinADavies "Editing Humanity," which tackles both the science and the ethical questions.      source
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Altered Inheritance
CRISPR and the Ethics of Human Genome Editing
Françoise Baylis - 2019-09-17
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A leading bioethicist offers critical insights into the scientific, ethical, and political implications of human genome editing.Designer babies, once found only in science fiction, have become a reality. We are entering a new era of human evolution with the advent of a technology called CRISPR, which allows scientists to modify our genes. Although ...
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@FrancoiseBaylis @UrnovFyodor The book "Altered Inheritance" by @FrancoiseBaylis is an important look at the ethical issues and the need for broad societal consensus before we authorize inheritable gene editing.      source
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The Science and Ethics of Editing Humans
Henry T. Greely - 2021-02-16
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What does the birth of babies whose embryos had gone through genome editing mean--for science and for all of us?In November 2018, the world was shocked to learn that two babies had been born in China with DNA edited while they were embryos--as dramatic a development in genetics as the cloning of Dolly the sheep was in 1996. In this book, Hank Greel...
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@UrnovFyodor For a book that also really drills down on these ethical issues, see @HankGreelyLSJU 's "CRISPR People."      source
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The Code Breaker
Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race
Walter Isaacson - 2021-03-09
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The bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs returns with a gripping account of how Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues launched a revolution that will allow us to cure diseases, fend off viruses, and have healthier babies.When Jennifer Doudna was in sixth grade, she came home one day to find that her dad had left a ...
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Book review: 'The Code Breaker' is a fascinating look at a genetics discovery      source
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Begin Again
James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own
Eddie S. Glaude Jr. - 2020-06-30
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James Baldwin grew disillusioned by the failure of the civil rights movement to force America to confront its lies about race. In the era of Trump, what can we learn from his struggle?"Searing, provocative, and ultimately hopeful . . . Begin Again challenges, illuminates, and points us toward if not a more perfect union then at least a more just on...
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“History, the story we tell ourselves about what the country is, shapes the world we make going forward.” ⁦@esglaude⁩ brilliant essay on Baldwin, King, Washington, Woodrow Wilson, and monuments. From his must-read new book. #JuneteenthDay reading.      source
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The Internet Is Not the Answer
Andrew Keen - 2016-01-12 (first published in 2015)
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Since its creation during the Cold War, the Internet, together with the Web, personal computers, tablets and smartphones, has ushered in one of the greatest shifts in society since the Industrial Revolution. The Digital Revolution has contributed to the world in many positive ways, but we are less aware of the Internet’s deeply negative effects.The...
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I found this @ajkeen book fascinating, provocative. Oh dear. I'm debating him @intelligence2      source
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Tools and Weapons
The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age
Brad Smith - 2019-09-10
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With a foreword by Bill Gates From Microsoft's President and one of the tech industry's wisest thinkers, a frank and thoughtful reckoning with how to balance enormous promise and existential risk as the digitization of everything accelerates.Microsoft President Brad Smith operates by a simple core belief: when your technology changes the world, you...
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This is a colorful and insightful insiders’ view of how technology is both empowering and threatening us. From privacy to cyberattacks, this timely book is a useful guide for how to navigate the digital future.      source
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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin - 2019-03-01 (first published in 1791)
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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is the traditional name for the unfinished record of his own life written by Benjamin Franklin from 1771 to 1790; however, Franklin himself appears to have called the work his Memoirs. Although it had a tortuous publication history after Franklin's death, this work has become one of the most famous and influen...
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Cast as a letter to his son. It’s not some deep ruminations and things. It’s about how you make your way through this world.      source
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Destined for War
Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap?
Graham Allison - 2018-08-07 (first published in 2017)
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A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR | SHORT-LISTED FOR THE 2018 LIONEL GELBER PRIZE | NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY: FINANCIAL TIMES * THE TIMES (LONDON) * AMAZON  “Allison is one of the keenest observers of international affairs around.”— JOE BIDEN, former vice president of the United States   China and the United States are heading towar...
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When a new power arises in the world, it results in a clash with the dominant power. This important and fascinating book extracts lessons for how we can avoid such a confrontation.      source
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Measure What Matters
How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation Rock the World with OKRs
John Doerr - 2018-04-24 (first published in 2017)
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Legendary venture capitalist John Doerr reveals how the goal-setting system of Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) has helped tech giants from Intel to Google achieve explosive growth--and how it can help any organization thrive. In the fall of 1999, John Doerr met with the founders of a start-up whom he'd just given $12.5 million, the biggest invest...
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The most important venture capitalist of our era reveals a key to business innovation and success.      source
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Kurt Andersen - 2017-09-05
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