Docket Page 14 – Pandemic by Robin Cook

CHARGE (What was the author trying to say?): Gene mutation, specifically CRISPR/CAS9, can be done with relative ease with dangerous consequences.

FACTS: People begin dropping dead on the NY subway. A Chinese billionaire owns a hospital and a pharmaceutical laboratory in near-by New Jersey. Is there a connection? Autopsies reveal surprising results. Medical Examiner Jack Stapleton takes charge of the investigation as an antidote to domestic woes. Stapleton’s unorthodox investigative strategies land him on administrative leave but don’t stop him from discovering gene mutation and controversial transplantation protocols being practiced. Faced with a Faustian deal, how will he respond?

VERDICT (Was the author successful?): Guilty, as charged. An abrupt ending was not enough to keep this premise from being a headline we may see in the near future.

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