Cincinnati Public Library
Join the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library for the annual Mary S. Stern Lecture featuring best-selling author, acclaimed historian and journalist, and professor of history at Tulane University, Walter Isaacson.
The talk will feature the topics found in Isaacson’s latest book, "The Code Breaker." Walter Isaacson shares with audiences how Nobel Prize-winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues launched a revolution that will allow us to cure diseases, fend off viruses, and have healthier babies. Driven by a passion for understanding how nature works, Doudna and her collaborators turned a curiosity about nature into an invention that will transform the human race: an easy-to-use tool that can edit DNA.
The development known as CRISPR and the race to create vaccines for coronavirus will hasten our transition to the next great innovation revolution. The past half-century has been a digital age, based on the microchip, computer, and internet. Now we are entering a life-science revolution. Isaacson shares with audiences how it opened a brave new world of medical miracles, while also exploring the moral questions and implications for the future.