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Experimental Heart

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Andy O'Hara, a post-doctoral researcher in a London cancer research institute, agrees to help an attractive colleague, Gina, who is collaborating with a pharmaceutical company. She is working on a virus-based vaccine but has discovered the company is planning a clinical trial of the vaccine in Africa without preliminary animal tests. Andy gets a tip-off that Gina's corpora ...more
Paperback, 363 pages
Published December 1st 2008 by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press (first published November 1st 2008)
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Michael Gross
Jul 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Jennifer Rohn is famous for promoting the idea that we need more fiction with realistic scientists in leading roles, via her website lablit.com, and other outlets including Nature. In an effort to practice what she preaches, she has written a couple of “lablit” novels herself, of which Experimental heart is the debut effort.

As the “lablit” label suggests, the lab, located in an academic research centre in London, and the science conducted there (and in a small biotech company next door) play ve
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sabisteb aka callisto
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lab-lit
Andy O'Hara ist Postdoc in einem Londoner Krebsforschungszentrum. Sein Leben ist ruhig, vorhersehbar und ausgefüllt mit Arbeit. Er verbringt seine Tage, Abende und Nächte im Labor mit wenigen Höhepunkten in Form prestigeträchtiger Veröffentlichungen. Er ahnt nicht, dass der Blick aus seinem Fenster sein Leben verändern wird. Heimlich beobachtet er Gina, wie sie in ihrem Labor zu Musik tanzt. Gina arbeitet für eine kleine pharmazeutische Firma, die ihren Sitz im selben Gebäude hat wie Andys Labor ...more
Kris Sellgren
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Postdocs in love turns into wild adventure

This started out as a sweet romance novel about biology postdocs in love. There is a ton of realistic detail about life in an academic laboratory. Then it morphed into an international thriller, with possibly evil corporations and a possibly evil and/or mad scientist. Our hero leaves the bio lab (where he typically works 80 hour weeks because he is so driven) and becomes an action hero. My favorite part was when he was offered the possibility of publish
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erforscherin
I wish I liked this book better. For what it is - a glimpse into the everyday research world of a graduate student in genetics, couched in a thriller/romance plot - I think it actually is a novel attempt: even though it is admittedly (all too) easy to get lost when the scientific terminology rolls around, it pulls no punches when explaining what the life of a "real" post-doc in science is like: lots of work, little sleep, and eternally migratory as funding is cut and post-docs must follow the op ...more
Rex
Jan 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I was intrigued when I heard that Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press (not known for its fiction offerings) was publishing an adventure novel with plot lines that prominently feature the social and experimental aspects of lab research.

I found myself turning page after page in part because I enjoyed Rohn's familiarity with contemporary biochemistry and efforts to weave an adventure narrative into a laboratory setting. The plot does not rival a Grisham novel, but I found it compelling nonetheless
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Louise
Apr 15, 2012 rated it liked it
I found it a bit hard to get into but overall I enjoyed this book and became more absorbed as it went along. It was a little bit cliched and predictable in terms of the actual storyline, and could have used some better character development. What was different and good about this book was its attempt to bring science into the story - and not just vague, somewhat inaccurate science, but detailed and accurate science that was relevant to the plot. This aspect was well done.
Crosby
Jul 03, 2010 rated it liked it
One of the few books I know of that gives a realistic view of what the life of a young research scientist is like. Lots of the science is recognizable to anyone in the field. Of course, the adventure is a bit imaginative but the science and relationships are right on.
Lisa
Mar 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Was certainly an entertaining read, somewhat predictable and somewhat unbelievable, but I was happy to recognize actual science going on. I did stay up until four in the morning on a school night to finish it, so it was certainly grabbing!
Flavio Matani
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Very good ... what shall we call fiction written by a scientist, given that science-fiction already means something else? Fiction-science, perhaps.
Veronica
Jul 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Science romance = double the guilty pleasure... :)
Sara
Nov 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
The end was a bit extravagant, but as a scientist I really liked this story. Maybe too much for non-scientist folk, but a romantic read for those who know about polymerase...
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An avid reader, Jenny had always wondered why there were so few scientist characters in mainstream. Jenny coined the term 'lab lit' to describe such novels and in 2005 launched the website LabLit.com to help promote the use of science and scientist characters in mainstream fiction and to illuminate the world of scientists and laboratory culture. In addition to her activities as a practicing scient ...more