The Hunt for FOXP5: A Genomic Mystery Novel by Wallace KaufmanThe Hunt for FOXP5: A Genomic Mystery Novel by Wallace Kaufman

The Hunt for FOXP5: A Genomic Mystery Novel

byWallace Kaufman, David Deamer

Paperback | May 13, 2016

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Genetics professor Michelle Murphy loses her husband under mysterious circumstances and without warning, while their brilliant eight year old daughter Avalon, adopted in Kazakhstan, stubbornly believes she is a mutant.

As if this were not enough she soon finds herself thrown into the middle of a quickly thickening plot, where the legacy of Genghis Khan meets the hunt for FOXP5, a genetic transcription factor that could herald the dawn of new human species.

Initially caught helplessly between well-meaning fellow scientists, the government and more sinister agents, Michelle, with the help of a host of unlikely heroes, eventually takes control and finds the courage to confront the decision of whether to save human lives or humanity.

The scientific and technical aspects underlying the plot - in particular aspects of FOX proteins, genetic mutations, viruses and cancer as well as the relation between intelligence and cortical complexity - are introduced and discussed by the authors in an extensive non-technical appendix.
David Deamer is Research Professor of Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California (Santa Cruz). He recently publishedFirst Life: Discovering the Connections between Stars, Cells, and How Life Began(University of California Press, 2011). Deamer's primary research interest focuses on nucleic acid molecules as they are driven...
Title:The Hunt for FOXP5: A Genomic Mystery NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:251 pagesPublished:May 13, 2016Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3319289608

ISBN - 13:9783319289601


Table of Contents

Preface.- Part I: The Novel.- Part II: The Science behind the fiction.

Editorial Reviews

"This is a fun read! . The authors add genuine authenticity with their own thorough scientific research and personal knowledge of Kazakhstan - it's believable and a great combo: an intriguing international plot, an exotic location, well-drawn characters you care about and a mystery that keeps you intrigued and guessing from beginning to end. A good read for yourself or a great gift for a friend who appreciates well-written mysteries." (Deborah Wood,, February, 2017)"This title by Wallace Kaufman and David Deamer, I would say, is the best I've ever read in terms of achieving a balance of the two. . enjoyed the adventure, which hovered between adult and young adult in apparent audience level, and felt I was really gaining something from the science content - so a good thumbs up to Messrs Kaufman and Deamer." (Brian Clegg, Popular Science,, July, 2016)