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Added: 2007

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ORIGINAL TITLE:


      Next © 2006

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AUTHOR(S):


       CRICHTON, MICHAEL
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PUBLISHER:


       HARPER

ISBN: 978 0 06 135020 7
YEAR: 2007
FORMAT: paperback
LANGUAGE: english
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TRANSLATOR(S):


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COVER ILLUSTRATION:

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Content:

"Next" is a real head shaker.

First you shake your head, because you can't believe what Crichton has come up with in terms of genetical engineering and science. A language genome that can make apes talk? A crossover between man and ape on a genetical basis? Half intelligent parrots ...

The shaking frequency increases when you realise that only some of the stuff was made up inside the authors head. Quite a portion of it has been thought up by real scientists and real media people. The author merely transformed the obscurity to fit his plot and exaggerated it.

The next head shaking starts when you enter the whole field of patenting genomes and so forth. Crichton constructs a plausible scenario in which the privacy of people is invaded in a way that makes todays measures look like kids stuff.

What happens if your body happens to include a certain genome and a pharmaceutical company or university owns a patent on said genome? What if your kids happen to be born with those same cells and genomes? Does the tissue belong to said company? Are they allow to come and take it? Would you have to pay a license to live in your own body? Who could sue who?

I didn't know that for years, research on
SARS was going slow because people didn't exactly know whoe the genome involved belonged to.

Another thing that made me shake my head a little was the sensationalist way in which Crichton constructs his plot. It seems to be written with a future Hollywood production in mind.

By the way, once the fiction is over it gets really exciting. Crichton provides the reader with an appendix that includes his own views on issues covered in the book and a list of sources. So if you wanted to go to the details ...
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