Friday, March 25, 2011

Ancestor by Scott Sigler

On a remote island in Lake Superior, a unique group of scientists are working on the problem of using animal organs as transplants, which are often rejected by the human immune system. Funded by a secretive and ruthless biotech firm, Dr Claus Rhumkorrf seeks to recreate the ancestor of all mammals. By artificially manufacturing root DNA, Rhumkorrf hopes to create an animal with human internal organs - the perfect donor. Rhumkorrf discovers the ancestor, but it is not the harmless, cow-like creature he expects. Instead, it is a cunning and bloodthirsty beast that nature had eradicated 250 million years ago. The ultimate predator. Suddenly, the island feels very, very small. And the ancestor is very, very hungry (from the publisher).
While this book is fiction, it takes you for a stroll down the ethics road as it is along similar lines with Jurassic Park in demonstrating what could go horrifically wrong when people begin to mess with DNA and genes and the like. Lots of blood and gore and violence in this, but I still enjoyed it. Although you may never look at a pregnant cow the same again...
Rating - I give this 3.5/5 Not bad!
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Reviewed by Michelle @ admin

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