Genetics professor Michelle Murphy loses her husband under mysterious circumstances and without warning, while their brilliant eight year old daughter Avalon, adopted in Kazakhstan, stubbornly believes she is a mutant.
As if this were not enough she soon finds herself thrown into the middle of a quickly thickening plot, where the legacy of Genghis Khan meets the hunt for FOXP5, a genetic transcription factor that could herald the dawn of new human species.
Initially caught helplessly between well-meaning fellow scientists, the government and more sinister agents, Michelle, with the help of a host of unlikely heroes, eventually takes control and finds the courage to confront the decision of whether to save human lives or humanity.The scientific and technical aspects underlying the plot - in particular aspects of FOX proteins, genetic mutations, viruses and cancer as well as the relation between intelligence and cortical complexity - are introduced and discussed by the authors in an extensive non-technical appendix.
Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG
Number of pages: 251
Weight: 3985 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 14 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2016
"This is a fun read! ... The authors add genuine authenticity with their own thorough scientific research and personal knowledge of Kazakhstan - it's believable and a great combo: an intriguing international plot, an exotic location, well-drawn characters you care about and a mystery that keeps you intrigued and guessing from beginning to end. A good read for yourself or a great gift for a friend who appreciates well-written mysteries." (Deborah Wood, Amazon.com, February, 2017)
"This title by Wallace Kaufman and David Deamer, I would say, is the best I've ever read in terms of achieving a balance of the two. ... enjoyed the adventure, which hovered between adult and young adult in apparent audience level, and felt I was really gaining something from the science content - so a good thumbs up to Messrs Kaufman and Deamer." (Brian Clegg, Popular Science, popsciencebooks.blogspot.de, July, 2016)