Oh boy, I just love it when the scientists play around with things
they do not know enough about. Someone always gets hurt when
this happens, not always the supposed 'bad guys'. In this case,
a genome outfit is playing with a 'super flu' (sounds like SARS),
and most of the people working on it think it is for a good cause.
Of course, the boss is willing to sell it to the military and to the
highest bidder. He lost his moral code a long time ago, and he's out
to make as much money of off his work as he can. Actually, he isn't
the person working on this, so he doesn't realize there seem to
be a few problems with even working with this flu type.
Isn't it obvious that anyone working in the boondocks, i.e. Nevada,
is usually up to no good. It's bad enough that anyone living downwind
of the atomic testing in Nevada during the 50s and 60s, have either gotten
cancer or hypothyroidism. You would think by now, that anything
being done so secretly would ring a bell, wave a red flag, draw some
type of regulation, right? Those of us who work in bioethics know better...
Internal Review Boards are just that, people internally (of the
business are regulating themselves). Doesn't happen very well...
In this novel which is more along the line of a Tom Clancy novel, one of the
newer scientists starts to notice irrational behavior on the part of other
scientists who were more or less forced into using the vaccine on themselves.
They get very paranoid for one thing, and scientists are paranoid
anyway, that someone is out to steal 'their' idea. It's apparent that this idea
of scientists working on morally-wrong projects is not new...I am seeing
it more and more in the books I read for enjoyment. Unfortunately, all
too often the public is willing to remain ignorant and allow the few to
control the technological businesses, such as gene cloning, etc. What
you don't know CAN all to often kill you.
A pretty good story and plot line...