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Walter Isaacson on the Amazements and Ethics of Gene Editing

Larry and Walter talk about the history of genetic science, how the new mRNA vaccines work, and the ethical questions that arise when talking about the possibilities of gene editing

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Larry is joined by Walter Isaacson to talk about his new book, The Code Breaker, a biography of the genetic scientist and a developer of CRISPR Jennifer Doudna. They talk about the history of genetic science (16:10), how the new mRNA vaccines work (33:43), and the ethical questions that arise when talking about the possibilities of gene editing (51:23).

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