James Darnell’s recent book is given a wonderful review in the current issue of Cell. “Darnell has succeeded in writing an appealing and cogent account of the rise of RNA molecular biology and its continued centrality in research today,” write the reviewers Kristian Baker and Tim Nilsen.

This is an “excellent book” that describes key historical experiments in a “straightforward and enjoyable way,” say Baker and Nilsen. The “informative figures” and “up-to-date referencing” are a “significant plus.” They conclude that it “should be required reading for graduate students and more senior investigators alike.”