The Da Vinci Code

Leonardo da Vinci: does he even need an introduction? His work and life are known and revered around the globe. Now, thanks to advances in genomic technology, we might be closer than ever to understanding what made the original Renaissance man such a genius. Jesse Ausubel, of Rockefeller University, is one of the people leading the charge to chart what allowed Leonardo to be Leonardo.

Leonardo da Vinci’s name is synonymous with genius. For good reason: this illegitimate child of a well-off Florentine notary rose from obscure beginnings in a sleepy town to become the polymath who defines polymathy. A painter and draughtsman, an engineer and scientist, …

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