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Genetic engineering - a way forward to a better society
on 26 January 2014
Thomas Norwood has written an excellent book with genetic engineering as it's theme. It's set in a future Australia following a 2.8 metre sea level rise and weather extremes which led to the breakdown of society. Michael Khan is a genetic engineer with a problem. His wife has a form of HIV which he's desperately trying to cure. There's no money in a cure though, so he must disguise his research and produce his cure as a by-product. When the government get involved his work is adapted for biological warfare. To counter this he must work on improving humanities immune system.
Like the technothriller 'Immortality Gene' the hero must sidestep normal medical practices to release his genetic fix which will improve humanity. Where Immortality Gene aims to greatly extend human lifespan, Perfectible Animals aims to fix the immune system and make us more co-operative. Both have the ultimate aim of saving the world from destruction. Lovers of conspiracy theories are going to like this.
There are a few technical terms - it is about genetic engineering after all - don't let this put you off though, it shouldn't spoil the story for those without a science background.
Is there a happy ending? Well there's a successful ending and we must wait for a sequel promised for 2014 to see if it's going to be a happy one. At it's current price - it's a bargain - don't hesitate to buy it.
Perfectible Animals is well written in first person viewpoint and I didn't find any obvious errors.