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Sins Of Academia by Jonathan Kuhn

Sins Of Academia by Jonathan Kuhn

Sins of Academia by Jonathan Kuhn
This is a fast moving story about a genetic engineering experiment that went awry. The tale is set in various universities. What really goes on within them comes to light along with their personal relationships, competitive interactions and romances of academics.

The book tells a fast moving story about a genetic engineering experiment that went awry. The tale is set in various universities. What really goes on within them comes to light along with their personal relationships, competitive interactions and romances of academics.

Professor William Huntington and his group create the first artificial multicellular organism which is an extensively studied nematode, a small worm-like creature.

This nematode is designed to be identical to the original although its DNA has been modified to facilitate genetic manipulations. Tragically the methods used in its making have allowed the incorporation of genetic material from a distant nematode species which is a plant pathogen. In spite of safeguards, an accident allows the artificial nematode to escape from the Huntington lab.

In modern science everything from falsifying data to the outright theft of the ideas of others frequently takes place. University politics are also detailed through the lives of the main characters, all of whose fates are greatly affected by the nematode plague.

Professor Jonathan Kuhn is a geneticist with a PhD in Genetics from the University of California and his post doctoral studies were at Purdue University in the Department of Biochemistry. For the last three years he has been a visiting professor of biology at New York University, Shanghai, China.

He was involved in the founding of four biotechnology companies in the area of applied genetic engineering and nanotechnology. During his career he has published about 50 scientific works and been granted a number of patents. Professor Kuhn presently lives in Haifa, Israel. This is his second novel.

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