The Code Breaker

  • Author: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrator: Kathe Mazur
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
  • Duration: 16:04:26
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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.


  • 001 TheCodeBreaker Open

    Duration: 34s
  • 002 TheCodeBreaker Introduction IntoTheBreach

    Duration: 18min
  • 003 TheCodeBreaker PartOne TheOriginsOfLife Chapter1 Hilo

    Duration: 15min
  • 004 TheCodeBreaker Chapter2 TheGene

    Duration: 10min
  • 005 TheCodeBreaker Chapter3 DNA

    Duration: 27min
  • 006 TheCodeBreaker Chapter4 TheEducationOfABiochemist

    Duration: 13min
  • 007 TheCodeBreaker Chapter5 TheHumanGenome

    Duration: 10min
  • 008 TheCodeBreaker Chapter6 RNA

    Duration: 17min
  • 009 TheCodeBreaker Chapter7 TwistAndFold

    Duration: 22min
  • 010 TheCodeBreaker Chapter8 Berkeley

    Duration: 10min
  • 011 TheCodeBreaker PartTwo CRISPR Chapter9 ClusteredRepeats

    Duration: 15min
  • 012 TheCodeBreaker Chapter10 TheFreeSpeechMovementCafe

    Duration: 04min
  • 013 TheCodeBreaker Chapter11 JumpingIn

    Duration: 13min
  • 014 TheCodeBreaker Chapter12 TheYogurtMakers

    Duration: 14min
  • 015 TheCodeBreaker Chapter13 Genentech

    Duration: 12min
  • 016 TheCodeBreaker Chapter14 TheLab

    Duration: 18min
  • 017 TheCodeBreaker Chapter15 Caribou

    Duration: 12min
  • 018 TheCodeBreaker Chapter16 EmmanuelleCharpentier

    Duration: 21min
  • 019 TheCodeBreaker Chapter17 CRISPRCas9

    Duration: 13min
  • 020 TheCodeBreaker Chapter18 Science2012

    Duration: 07min
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