Critical Genetics

At the time of his death in September 2012, Barry Commoner was working on completing a book that seeks to explain the uniqueness of life. This book entails recounting ideas from his life's work (including new fossil evidence on the origin of life and evolution), the work of other prominent scientists and current events that help explain repeated failures in molecular genetics since the discovery of the DNA double helix in 1953 by James Watson and Francis Crick. In keeping with Barry's previous publications, the book intends to describe the fundamentals of life, such as the process of DNA synthesis for an audience of non-scientifically minded readers helping them make their own decisions about the use of genetic information. An effort is currently underway to bring the book, or parts thereof, to fruition.