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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407096247
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 640


The Secret of Life, Fully Revised and Updated

The definitive insider's history of the genetic revolution, significantly updated to reflect the discoveries of the last decade.

Along with Francis Crick, James Watson was the discoverer of the double helix structure of the DNA molecule, realising both how it was able to reproduce itself and how, through its immense variety, it was able to pass on genetic instructions from one generation to the next. Their discovery paved the way for fifty years of explosive scientific achievement of extraordinary importance, both in strictly scientific terms and in its technological and social significance.

From Dolly the sheep to GM foods to designer babies, science-related newspaper headlines have been dominated by the implications of their work. In DNA, now fully updated and revised to include new findings in gene editing, epigenetics and agricultural chemistry, as well as two entirely new chapters on personal genomics and cancer research, Watson tells the story of this pioneering research and its impact on the world in which we live, from its beginnings to the present day. This is the most comprehensive and authoritative exploration of DNA's impact - practical, social, and ethical - on our society and our world.

  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407096247
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 640

About the author

James Watson

James Watson won the Nobel Prize for Physiology/Medicine in 1962. He is the author of a number of books, including the international bestseller The Double Helix and DNA: The Secret of Life. He lives in the US.

Praise for DNA

A terrific story of competitive bickering, intrigue, damaged reputations and unacknowledged contributions- It is also wonderfully written- an ideal primer

Irish Times

Marvellous and comprehensive


There are few better introductions than this

New Scientist

A wonderful book- [which] bears favourable comparison with Jacob Bronowski's The Ascent of Man.

Sunday Telegraph

James Watson-is one of the greatest living biologists- [His] new book is an important event, for he is a scintillating writer

John Cornwell, The Sunday Times

James Watson has been an eyewitness to each revolution in molecular biology, from the double helix to the genome. He sees further and clearer than anybody else in the field. Give this fabulously good book to anybody who wants to understand what all the excitement is about.

Matt Ridley

An immediate classic

E. O. Wilson

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