Dr. George Church is a real-life Dr. Frankenstein. The inventor of CRISPR and one of the minds behind the Human Genome Project is no longer content just reading and editing DNA—now he wants to make new life. In Ben Mezrich’s latest book, Wooly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History’s Most Iconic Extinct Creatures , Church and his Harvard lab try to do the impossible, and clone an extinct Woolly mammoth back into existence.
Mezrich, author of the books that would become the feature films 21 and The Social Network, seems to have graduated from college to a bioengineering PhD with his latest work, which is chock-full of scientific explanation detailing every aspect of the Church lab’s efforts to rewrite the DNA of an elephant to look like a woolly mammoth. But Mezrich is even more interested in telling the stories of the people trying to make …
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