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Acceptable Risk by Robin Cook
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Mar 29, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: thriller

Very exciting story. A woman who works as a nurse meets a biochemical engineer and they begin dating. She takes him to her family home, dating from the 1600s and tells him that one of her ancestors was hanged as a witch back then. He investigates the grain bins in the cellar and hypothesizes that, due to a shortage of wheat, the community had been making bread from rye flour, which will mutate if kept in a damp place such as a cellar. He takes a small sample and develops a chemical, and by playing with the DNA, makes a very useful anti-depressant. In order to get it on the market quickly, he forgoes a proper clinical test and begins to test it on himself, as do his co-workers, with disastrous results.
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