Siddhartha Mukherjee is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer and The Laws of Medicine. His newest book, The Gene: An Intimate History, is the story of the quest to decipher the master-code of instructions that makes and defines humans, determines the future of our children, and governs our form, function, and fate. Mukherjee is an Assistant Professor of medicine at Columbia University and a cancer physician and researcher. A Rhodes scholar, he graduated from Stanford University, University of Oxford, and Harvard Medical School. He has published articles in Nature, The New England Journal of Medicine, The New York Times, and Cell.
Paul Berg is currently Cahill Professor of Biochemistry, Emeritus at Stanford University, where he joined the faculty of the Stanford School of Medicine in 1959. He has received international recognition for his work on the genetic mechanisms through which cells form proteins. Berg was awarded the Lasker Basic Medical Research Award and the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his studies of the structure and function of DNA and the development of the recombinant DNA technology. He has received the National Medal of Science and is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the French Academy of Science and the Royal Society (London).