WilmU Book Club

September 2021  |  The Code Breaker

Wednesday, September 22, 2021
12:00pm ET

Online through Zoom


The Code Breaker book cover  

Please join the WilmU Book Club for an online discussion of Walter Isaacson's book, The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race. 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.

Students, Faculty, Alumni, and Staff are all welcome!
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Borrow the book from a Delaware library or through your local library! More details here.


In 2012, Nobel Prize winning scientist Jennifer Doudna hit upon an invention that will transform the future of 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. It has already been deployed to cure deadly diseases, fight the coronavirus pandemic of 2020, and make inheritable changes in the genes of babies. 

But what does that mean for humanity? Should we be hacking our own DNA to make us less susceptible to disease? Should we democratize the technology that would allow parents to enhance their kids? After discovering this CRISPR, Doudna is now wrestling these even bigger issues. THE CODE BREAKER is an examination of how life as we know it is about to change – and a brilliant portrayal of the woman leading the way.

Read a preview of the book.