GermLine by Nelson Erlick

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In gene therapy, the damaged or defective chromosomes of an individual patient are corrected by the addition of new genes introduced into the patient's DNA. This is a dangerous and controversial technique, on the cutting edge of medical science. "GermLine" gene therapy is even more radical. By altering the reproductive cells, the germ cells, of a single individual, you can forever change the genetic makeup of that person--and all of his or her future descendants!

But who should control such an awesome power? The government? The medical establishment? Or a hidden conspiracy of the rich and powerful?

Dr. Kevin Kincaid, a brilliant scientist whose life has been scarred by personal tragedy, is on the verge of a major breakthrough. After years of research and experimentation, he has developed a biological vector capable of introducing new genes into the germ cells of unborn children while they are still in their mothers' wombs. With this vector, doctors will be able to eradicate genetic diseases such as cystic fibrosis and Down syndrome for all generations to come.

But Kincaid's discovery also raises the specter of wholesale genetic engineering, of changing the very nature of humanity itself, which attracts the attention of dangerous forces, including a ruthless government agency, an international conspiracy of wealthy industrialists, and radical terrorists who will stop at nothing, including murder, to keep Kincaid's breakthrough from transforming the world as we know it.

Soon the targeted scientist finds himself at the center of a covert war to control the future of human evolution. Betrayed and deceived by those closest to him, he can trust no one-not even a mysterious woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to his long-dead wife. . . .

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About Nelson Erlick

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Dr. Nelson Erlick is Senior Strategist for the Strategic Scientific Services division of a large, international medical communications firm. He is the senior scientific source for matters involving pharmacoeconomic (decision) analysis, statistics, and meta-analysis. A retired surgeon and award-winning researcher, Dr. Erlick lives in Havertown, Pennsylvania.
 
Published November 17, 2003 by Forge Books. 394 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Loring, who also happens to be Kincaid’s boss, could very well have had a hand in the explosion that killed Kincaid’s family several years earlier (a hit by the Collaborate that took out another researcher suspected of disloyalty).

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The ramifications of gene therapy are explored in clumsy, ham-fisted fashion in this debut novel, a scientific thriller pitting a brilliant geneticist against the Collaborate, a sinister group of government-funded industrialists.

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Of course, in a book that deals with something as complicated as gene therapy, a certain level of scientific detail is necessary.

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Reviewing the Evidence

If looking for a book with a strong science background, then this is a book to read.

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