The Geneticist Who Played Hoops With My DNA. . . and Other Masterminds from the Frontiers of Biotech : Throughout history, the outsized personalities of scientists have astonished us with their brilliance and audacity. From Galileo to Jonas Salk, they push society to great leaps of inventiveness and originality, providing us with everything from the wheel to rocket ships and penicillin. Today's masterminds in biotechnology promise lifespans up to 400 years; cures for cancer; and an end to pollution. But they could also produce nightmares - including Frankenstein creations that unintentionally run amuck, bioweapons, and social upheavals.