The Code Breaker

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The best-selling author of Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs returns.

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 democratise the technology that would allow parents to enhance their kids?

After discovering this CRISPR, Doudna is now wrestling these even bigger issues.

THE CODE BREAKERS is an examination of how life as we know it is about to change – and a brilliant portrayal of the woman leading the way.


  • 021 TheCodeBreaker Chapter19 DuelingPresentations

    Duration: 16min
  • 022 TheCodeBreaker PartThree GeneEditing Chapter20 AHumanTool

    Duration: 07min
  • 023 TheCodeBreaker Chapter21 TheRace

    Duration: 05min
  • 024 TheCodeBreaker Chapter22 FengZhang

    Duration: 14min
  • 025 TheCodeBreaker Chapter23 GeorgeChurch

    Duration: 11min
  • 026 TheCodeBreaker Chapter24 ZhangTacklesCRISPR

    Duration: 27min
  • 027 TheCodeBreaker Chapter25 DoudnaJoinsTheRace

    Duration: 05min
  • 028 TheCodeBreaker Chapter26 PhotoFinish

    Duration: 10min
  • 029 TheCodeBreaker Chapter27 DoudnasFinalSprint

    Duration: 12min
  • 030 TheCodeBreaker Chapter28 FormingCompanies

    Duration: 22min
  • 031 TheCodeBreaker Chapter29 MonAmie

    Duration: 16min
  • 032 TheCodeBreaker Chapter30 TheHeroesOfCRISPR

    Duration: 15min
  • 033 TheCodeBreaker Chapter31 Patents

    Duration: 25min
  • 034 TheCodeBreaker PartFour CRISPRInAction Chapter32 Therapies

    Duration: 17min
  • 035 TheCodeBreaker Chapter33 Biohacking

    Duration: 10min
  • 036 TheCodeBreaker Chapter34 DARPAAndAntiCRISPR

    Duration: 11min
  • 037 TheCodeBreaker PartFive PublicScientist Chapter35 RulesOfTheRoad

    Duration: 40min
  • 038 TheCodeBreaker Chapter36 DoudnaStepsIn

    Duration: 30min
  • 039 TheCodeBreaker PartSix CRISPRBabies Chapter37 HeJiankui

    Duration: 37min
  • 040 TheCodeBreaker Chapter38 TheHongKongSummit

    Duration: 23min
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