By Wallace Kaufman
Genetics professor Michelle Murphy loses her husband below mysterious situations and by surprise, whereas their marvelous 8 12 months previous daughter Avalon, followed in Kazakhstan, stubbornly believes she is a mutant.
As if this weren't adequate she quickly reveals herself thrown into the center of a quick thickening plot, the place the legacy of Genghis Khan meets the search for FOXP5, a genetic transcription issue that may usher in the sunrise of latest human species.
Initially stuck helplessly among well-meaning fellow scientists, the govt and extra sinister brokers, Michelle, with assistance from a bunch of not likely heroes, finally takes keep an eye on and reveals the braveness to confront the choice of no matter if to avoid wasting human lives or humanity.
The medical and technical facets underlying the plot - particularly facets of FOX proteins, genetic mutations, viruses and melanoma in addition to the relation among intelligence and cortical complexity - are brought and mentioned through the authors in an intensive non-technical appendix.
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And when she read, she seemed to enter a trance—hearing no one, seeing nothing, physically present but mentally gone into the world of the story. But when she ﬁnished, she came out talking non-stop. Michelle was the ﬁrst to worry that the intensity with which Avalon applied her intelligence might be a form of autism. Maybe she was a reading savant. A colleague studying the genetic basis of autism suggested that Michelle test Avalon for any of the known genetic markers. Work by Rita Cantor at UCLA had found several genetic variations typical of autism.
She extracted a glazed blue and gold folder with information about the Institute situated in the new capital city of Astana, Kazakhstan. Inside the folder she found a single sheet of the Institute’s stationery. D. Director of the Kazakh Institute for the Biology of the Future “Asfendiayarov” President of Good Shepherd Foundation Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan Dr. Akenov announced that it was his pleasure to invite “you my very dear Professor Murphy” to deliver a keynote talk for a session on Transcription Factors in Neural Development and Primate Evolution.
Michelle’s cell phone sounded a few sprightly bars of music she knew as DNA Suite, a musical translation taken from the base sequence of the human insulin gene. The number on the screen was Avalon’s. “My daughter. ” Before she clicked the talk button on the phone she quickly answered Lipkovich’s question, “The Aral Sea, yes,” Michelle said. ” “Nothing much,” Avalon replied. “I got home from school and I was lonely, so I thought I’d say hi. ” Michelle knew loneliness well, and even before Avalon had started school she had seen how much trouble she had talking to other kids.
The Hunt for FOXP5: A Genomic Mystery Novel by Wallace Kaufman