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by MICHAEL CRICHTON

May 20, 2008 | Hardcover |

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Is a loved one missing some body parts? Are blondes becoming extinct? Is everyone at your dinner table of the same species? Humans and chimpanzees differ in only 400 genes; is that why a chimp fetus resembles a human being? And should that worry us? There's a new genetic cure for drug addiction?is it worse than the disease?

We live in a time of momentous scientific leaps, a time when it's possible to sell our eggs and sperm online for thousands of dollars and to test our spouses for genetic maladies.

We live in a time when one fifth of all our genes are owned by someone else, and an unsuspecting person and his family can be pursued cross-country because they happen to have certain valuable genes within their chromosomes . . .

Devilishly clever, Next blends fact and fiction into a breathless tale of a new world where nothing is what it seems and a set of new possibilities can open at every turn.

Next challenges our sense of reality and notions of morality. Balancing the comic and the bizarre with the genuinely frightening and disturbing, Next shatters our assumptions and reveals shocking new choices where we least expect.

The future is closer than you think.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 464 Pages, 6.3 × 9.06 × 1.18 in

Published: May 20, 2008

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060872985

ISBN - 13: 9780060872984

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by MICHAEL CRICHTON

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 464 Pages, 6.3 × 9.06 × 1.18 in

Published: May 20, 2008

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060872985

ISBN - 13: 9780060872984

From the Publisher

Is a loved one missing some body parts? Are blondes becoming extinct? Is everyone at your dinner table of the same species? Humans and chimpanzees differ in only 400 genes; is that why a chimp fetus resembles a human being? And should that worry us? There's a new genetic cure for drug addiction?is it worse than the disease?

We live in a time of momentous scientific leaps, a time when it's possible to sell our eggs and sperm online for thousands of dollars and to test our spouses for genetic maladies.

We live in a time when one fifth of all our genes are owned by someone else, and an unsuspecting person and his family can be pursued cross-country because they happen to have certain valuable genes within their chromosomes . . .

Devilishly clever, Next blends fact and fiction into a breathless tale of a new world where nothing is what it seems and a set of new possibilities can open at every turn.

Next challenges our sense of reality and notions of morality. Balancing the comic and the bizarre with the genuinely frightening and disturbing, Next shatters our assumptions and reveals shocking new choices where we least expect.

The future is closer than you think.

About the Author

Michael Crichton?s novels include Pirate Latitudes, Next, State of Fear, Prey, Timeline, Jurassic Park, and The Andromeda Strain. He is also known as a filmmaker and the creator of ER. One of the most popular writers in the world, he has sold over 200 million books, which have been translated into thirty-six languages; thirteen have been made into films. He remains the only writer to have had the number one book, movie, and TV show at the same time.

From the Author

A Q&A with Michael Crichton Author of NEXT Q: As with many of your other novels, NEXT is a vivid dramatization of what can happen when cutting-edge science goes a little too far. Is NEXT a cautionary tale? MC: Well, I think it is, in the sense that many of my books are. But for me what's different about this book is that so much of it is real – or that so much of it is very thinly-disguised versions of actual events that have occurred. Genetics, which is the subject of the book, has advanced extraordinarily rapidly in the last 15 years or so and has sometimes gone in directions that many people are troubled about, or disapprove of. It is a very interesting and hot contentious area. Q: What scares you the most about NEXT? And conversely, which possibilities do you find the most encouraging? MC: I'm not really scared about anything in the genetic realm. My research actually reassured me, because I concluded that many of the things people discuss with great fear or great longing – such as designer babies, or extended longevity – are probably not going to happen. I think that we'll have some remarkable new therapies from this area, and we will also find that the genome is vastly more complicated than we anticipated. In that sense, the genome is a bit like the human brain-much harder to understand than we once imagined. Q: What first sparked your interest in genetics? MC: It's a longstanding interest of mine. I studied genetics and evolution in college, and of co
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"[Crichton] invites a mass audience irresistibly into some of the Most Important Conversations We’re Not Having." (Time magazine)
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