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An award winning science writer Wallace Kaufman and Dr. David Deamer, one of the leading thinkers in astrobiology and gene sequencing, bring you a twisting and turning story of genomics and geopolitics.
Where will our rapidly growing powers of sequencing and manipulating genes take the human species? Among the 7 billion of us on the planet how many have had mutations that could have changed the entire species? Not every useful mutation survives and spreads. Suppose a scientist sets out on a quest to find and apply unique and world-changing new genes?
These questions and many more play out in the characters of this story. The players are scientists, priests and nuns, politicians, high school students, CIA agents, and more. The story begins in Africa and spreads to Oregon and to Kazakhstan in Central Asia.