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Science and Fiction

A Code for Carolyn

A Genomic Thriller

Authors: Smith, V Anne

  • A gripping, hard science fiction novel on the theme of synthetic genomics
  • Contains a comprehensive non-technical overview of the science underlying the plot
  • Authored by an expert scientist with experience in science fiction writing
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  • Due: February 27, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-04553-1
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About this book

Carolyn’s parents did not, after all, make genomics history by synthesizing her genome in a lab. She has known she is the "Human Hoax" ever since a high school genetics exercise revealed she has trisomy X—a chromosomal abnormality—yet no synthetically constructed genome would have such clear traces of natural conception. Many years later, as molecular biologist, she hopes her colleagues never learn of her embarrassing origins. But when someone ransacks her office and lab, she finds professional embarrassment is the least of her worries. Someone believes she has the results of her parents’ last, secret experiments, and is willing to kill to get them. But all she has from her parents are their genes—can she find what else they may have left her before somebody else does?

In a not-so-distant society, where corporations wield as much power as nations and the line between corporate employee and state authority is blurred, the chase is on. Carolyn may have just too little time at hand to unravel the mystery of her parents’ final days and to realize the deep consequences for the future of mankind.

This fast-paced novel is followed by an extensive science chapter where the author provides a non-technical primer on modern genetics and on the speculative biology behind Carolyn’s code.

 

About the authors

Dr V Anne Smith is on the biology faculty at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. She researches computational biology, concentrating on complex biological networks. She develops algorithms to infer functional interactions based upon observational data, generating biological discovery in areas as diverse as ecosystems and gene regulation. In addition to doing research, she enjoys writing science fiction stories. A Code for Carolyn is her first scientific novel.

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eBook $19.99
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  • Due: February 27, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-04553-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Softcover $29.99
price for USA in USD
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: January 30, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-04551-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Code for Carolyn
Book Subtitle
A Genomic Thriller
Authors
Series Title
Science and Fiction
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-04553-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-04553-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-04551-7
Series ISSN
2197-1188
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 244
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
Topics