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The Hunt for FOXP5

by David Deamer Wallace Kaufman

Genetics professor Michelle Murphy losesher husband under mysterious circumstances and without warning, while theirbrilliant eight year old daughter Avalon, adopted in Kazakhstan, stubbornlybelieves she is a mutant. As if this were not enough she soon findsherself thrown into the middle of a quickly thickening plot, where the legacyof Genghis Khan meets the hunt for FOXP5, a genetic transcription factor thatcould herald the dawn of new human species. Initially caught helplessly betweenwell-meaning fellow scientists, the government and more sinister agents,Michelle, with the help of a host of unlikely heroes, eventually takes controland finds the courage to confront the decision of whether to save human livesor humanity. The scientific andtechnical aspects underlying the plot - in particular aspects of FOX proteins,genetic mutations, viruses and cancer as well as the relation betweenintelligence and cortical complexity - are introduced and discussed by theauthors in an extensive non-technical appendix.

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