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In this week’s episode of the “First Opinion Podcast,” STAT’s Patrick Skerrett talks with journalist, historian, and author Walter Isaacson about his First Opinion, “CRISPR rivals put patents aside to help in the fight against Covid-19.” It was adapted from Isaacson’s latest book, “The Code Breaker,” about the revolutionary gene editing tool known as CRISPR and the transcontinental rivalry it spawned.

This conversation has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.

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