Mutant by Peter Clement

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Former ER doctor Peter Clement blends electrifying human drama with the suspense of top-notch medical thrillers. Now, in an all-too-plausible story that could have been torn from today's headlines, Clement has written his most gripping, utterly chilling novel to date.

On an isolated stretch of moonlit highway in Oahu, a woman cradles her dying son in her arms. Though a physician, she cannot staunch the flow of foamy blood from his body. In the days that follow, an autopsy draws a shocking conclusion: the boy, his lungs filled with blood, died of a disease previously found only in birds.

On the other side of the globe, a burned-out ER doctor repeats to himself over and over: Physician, heal thyself. For Dr. Richard Steele, a near fatal heart attack in the middle of his own hospital was the last warning he needed. Now Steele is being recruited into a movement to examine the hazards of genetically modified foods, a job that takes him to an explosive conference in Hawaii.

Spearheaded by a charismatic female doctor, the anti-bioengineering movement is gathering steam. While a powerful company is using genetic breakthroughs to create new, disease-resistant super crops, activists warn that new DNA strains will wreak havoc on the environment. But no one suspects that the controversy is masking a far more frightening human threat.

From the war-torn Middle East to an insulated laboratory in New York, from murder in a French cathedral to an act of terrifying violence at a remote Hawaii farm, a horrific plot is set in motion. With genetic researching opening new doors, one man has realized that altered strains of DNA cannot only change the make up of plant life--they can create the deadliest weapon of mass destruction ever unleashed upon the world.

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About Peter Clement

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Peter Clement, M.D., is a physician who headed an emergency room at a major metropolitan hospital. He is also the author of Critical Condition, Mutant, The Procedure, Death Rounds, and Lethal Practice. He is married to a physician and has two sons.
Published December 18, 2007 by Ballantine Books. 387 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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The first victim is a three-year-old on Oahu who dies from “bird flu.” In New York City Hospital’s ER, Dr. Richard Steele sees a young man suffering a near-fatal allergic reaction because he accidentally ate nut DNA (added to a newfangled tofu to make it hardier).

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Three months later, Steele and Sullivan meet up at an environmental conference in Hawaii, where Sullivan makes a nocturnal foray to a chicken farm where she believes experiments in mutant viruses are being carried out, and is beset by armed gunmen.

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However, she cannot come close to guessing what her investigation ultimately will uncover: Terrorists are planning to unleash a genetic MUTANT virus through the nation's corn supply --- and are planning an inaugural test of the virus in New York City on July 4.

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