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Darwin’s Cipher

Narrated by: Tim Campbell
Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
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Juan Gutierrez, a cancer researcher, has spent years studying the genome of animals that exhibit immunity to some types of cancer. Over the course of his study, Juan discovers a pattern that allows him to predict the course of a species' evolution across thousands of generations. Using the algorithm he's developed from the pattern, Juan uncovers what he believes to be the key to conquering humanity's susceptibility to cancer. Others are interested in using what Juan has dubbed "Darwin's Cipher"; however, instead of cancer research, they see very different applications for the new genetic algorithm.  

Nate Carrington, an FBI forensic analyst, has been struggling with several cold cases when he's alerted to an incident at a nearby ranch. It's a case of a newborn calf who is found in the middle of a herd of dead cattle. It provides a single link to Nate's other cold cases: the DNA analysis of the calf doesn't match anything in the FBI's database. 

Somewhere in a rural hospital in West Virginia, four hospital workers are dead and a newborn child has been transported to the NIH's level-four bio-containment unit. It's only when the NIH sends out an alert to all hospitals and law enforcement agencies that the world realizes the danger that faces them.

©2019 Michael A. Rothman (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Leona Starkel Daschofsky
  • 29-07-2019

an exciting read

I enjoyed the story and performance. the scientific parts were explained so that I thought I understood. only thing that irritatef me was that when Kathy was at the clinic at her college, the dr discussed her anemia , was lacking in the knowledge of womens health issues. Drs always ask about periods etc to young ( and older) women. I am way past that age , however due to other health issues have had anemia since I was young. New drs always ask about uterine issues when they first see my labs, and I refer them them to my specialist

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  • Wayne
  • 22-07-2019

Better ending would have made it a “5.”

Absolutely outstanding book. Did not want to put it down. Unfortunately, the ending was incomplete and disappointing. The book ending was not well developed. Left a lot of questions and not the type that would lead to a sequel. Still, a good read.

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  • DCGrits
  • 16-07-2019

Interesting

This is an interesting take on the consequences of searching for cures. Characters are those you want to hear follow along through the story. Overall a good listen.