|Darwin's Radio (1999) [Novel]|
by Greg Bear
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Series: Darwin's Legacy
A mass grave in Russia that conceals the mummified remains of two women, both with child -- and the conspiracy to keep it secret.a major discovery high in the Alps: the preserved bodies of a prehistoric family -- the newborn infant possessing disturbing characteristics.a mysterious disease that strikes pregnant women, resulting in miscarriage. Three disparate facts that will converge into one science-shattering truth.
Molecular biologist Kaye Lang, a specialist in retroviruses, believe that ancient diseases encoded in the DNA of humans can again come to life. But her theory soon becomes chilling reality. For Christopher Dicken -- a "virus hunter" at the Epidemic Intelligence Service -- has pursued an elusive flu-like disease that strikes down expectant mothers and their offspring. The shocking link: something that has slept in our genes for millions of years is waking up.
A human endogenous retrovirus has been dormant in the genome for millions of years, and now it has woken up.
Original title: Darwin's Radio
Genre: Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Species Evolution→ Bioengineering