Ancestor

Ancestor

Book - 2010
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Random House, Inc.
“The ancestors are out there…you have to believe me.”

From acclaimed author Scott Sigler—New York Times bestselling creator of Infected and Contagious—comes a tale of genetic experimentation’s worst nightmare come true.
 
Every five minutes, a transplant candidate dies while waiting for a heart, a liver, a kidney.  Imagine a technology that could provide those life-saving transplant organs for a nominal fee ... and imagine what a company would do to get a monopoly on that technology.
 
On a remote island in the Canadian Arctic, PJ Colding leads a group of geneticists who have discovered this holy grail of medicine. By reverse-engineering the genomes of thousands of mammals, Colding's team has dialed back the evolutionary clock to re-create humankind’s common ancestor. The method? Illegal. The result? A computer-engineered living creature, an animal whose organs can be implanted in any person, and with no chance of transplant rejection.
 
There's just one problem: these ancestors are not the docile herd animals that Colding's team envisioned. Instead, Colding’s work has given birth to something big, something evil.
 
With these killer creatures on the prowl, Colding and the woman he loves must fight to survive — even as government agents close in to shut the project down, and the deep-pocketed company backing this research proves to have its own cold-blooded agenda.  
 
As the creators become the prey in the ultimate battle for survival, Scott Sigler takes readers on the ultimate thrill-ride—and offers a chilling cautionary account of what can happen when hubris, greed, and madness drive scientific experimentation past the brink of reason.

Baker & Taylor
On a remote island in the Canadian Arctic, PJ Colding leads a group of geneticists who have discovered the holy grail of medicine--a computer-engineered living creature whose organs can be implanted in any person, with no chance of transplant rejection. There's just one problem: these "ancestors" are not docile.

Baker
& Taylor

When a team of brilliant geneticists discovers how to use animal tissue to replace failing human organs, they revive an ancient species reflecting a common ancestor and inadvertently unleash a fearsome giant predator with an insatiable appetite.

Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307406330
0307406334
Branch Call Number: FICTION SIGLER
Characteristics: 425 p

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BWilsoned
Oct 31, 2016

Well, a biotech company trying to create a human ancestor from which to harvest organs for transplant--what could go wrong? Yep, you guessed it, just about everything because we all know by now that you should NOT mess with synthetic proto-mammal production.

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VRMurphy
Mar 11, 2013

Not my usual type of read, but I was interested (as always) by the high ratings given by other readers on this site. It's not great literature, but the writing doesn't offend and the plot is outstandingly page-turning. Recommended for fans of Michael Crichton and early Tom Clancy.

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WomanOfMystery
Sep 22, 2011

A bit predictable and the violence is way over the top.

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tedm116
Feb 11, 2011

kept me on my seat from beginning to end coz i couldn't put the book down....

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triCH3xanthine
Oct 11, 2010

A book you will not be able to put down, a terrifying science-fiction thriller that will be inevitably compared to Jurassic Park. Except that Ancestor is more current (jokes about porn-y vampire novels abound), faster (short chapters, and no super-long soliloquies), crazier (1.schizophrenia and 2.sociopathy), and overall, even better.

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