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Publisher Description

Contains an exclusive preview of Micro by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston.

Is a loved one missing some body parts? Are blondes becoming extinct? Is everyone at your dinner table of the same species? Humans and chimpanzees differ in only 400 genes; is that why a chimp fetus resembles a human being? And should that worry us? There's a new genetic cure for drug addiction—is it worse than the disease?

We live in a time of momentous scientific leaps, a time when it's possible to sell our eggs and sperm online for thousands of dollars and to test our spouses for genetic maladies.

We live in a time when one fifth of all our genes are owned by someone else, and an unsuspecting person and his family can be pursued cross-country because they happen to have certain valuable genes within their chromosomes . . .

Devilishly clever, Next blends fact and fiction into a breathless tale of a new world where nothing is what it seems and a set of new possibilities can open at every turn.

Next challenges our sense of reality and notions of morality. Balancing the comic and the bizarre with the genuinely frightening and disturbing, Next shatters our assumptions and reveals shocking new choices where we least expect.

The future is closer than you think.

Fiction & Literature
November 22
HarperCollins Publishers
Harper Collins Canada Limited

Customer Reviews

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Makes you think

Certainly highlights the absurdity (and danger) of patenting biological molecules. There is a funny, caricatural aspect to this book. It is not a great thriller but still has interesting twists.

It would have been nice if the editor had read the final version before publication. In several instances where a name is expected in the text, you find a blank space instead, like if someone forgot to come back and fill in these blanks after the initial writing.

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