by Robin Cook
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Biotechnology – a blessing or a nightmare? The latest harrowing novel from the bestselling master of the medical chiller.
Dr. Daniel Lowell and his assistant (and lover) Stephanie are scientists who research in the field of cell biotechnology. They are developing a possible cure for diseases such as Alzeihmer, Parkinson’s or diabetes. The research is based on transplanting healthy cells to alter the DNA of diseased cells. The experiments they do with mice give great hope of success and the next step is to experiment with humans.
Lowell’s work is totally paralyzed and the company that finances him will withdraw all the funds if the law is approved. It will be ruined. But suddenly, Senator Ashley secretly dates him to confess that he suffers from Parkinson’s, which implies the end of his political career. He wants to try Lowell’s new treatment and, if it works, promises to support his research. Ashley also makes an unexpected demand: the cells used for the transplant must come from the Shroud. Getting fragments of thread from the shroud will be an adventure and a fascinating secondary argument.