Monthly Archives: October 2015

A Mind Experiment in Reverse Evolution

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: LarryLLapin

In my story, Adam… Forever, Dr. Adam Boatwright is joint professor of medicine and genetics. Like many scientists in the field, he is also interested in evolution. That seem natural, since the engine for evolution is genetic mutation. Through their lives, all biological beings experience such random changes to their DNA. Those are ordinarily of no consequence. But some mutations grant a creature’s descendants advantages, and those may experience better lives than the parents did.

When two groups of the same species are separated (perhaps, one inhabits a piece of land that breaks away from the other) the individuals will accommodate themselves to mutations a little differently. Over time, their descendants will become separate species. Brought back together, they would likely not interbreed.

Adam Boatwright likes to play out hypothetical evolutions in his head. From early childhood he has had a fascination with dinosaurs. He entertains his friends with a fantasy of how he might bring back a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Not an actual authentic T. Rex, mind you, but a replica. He would start with a chicken, changing its DNA to reverse the evolutionary process backwards, to the common ancestor of all birds. He notes that might cost billions and take centuries.

Continuing with those re-engineered animals, more DNA manipulations would bring back dinosaur-like creatures similar to the genuine and which closely agree with fossil evidence. Eventually, after spending more billions over added centuries, the team would have  fierce creatures.

Adam notes that they would be phonies, just gross approximations to a real T. Rex.

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Prequel to the Adam’s Chronicles series. The story tells how geneticist and surgeon, Adam Boatwright, uses his skills to prevent his wife’s impending cancer. Adam engineers a super virus that continually generates chemicals that fight off viruses and cancer.

As a test, Adam infects himself with that mutant virus. But the side effect is prevention of aging, and he becomes virtually immortal. Convinced that long lives would destroy the human race, Adam becomes caught in a web of intrigue and conspiracy as he tries to stop profiteers from exploiting his super virus.

Find out more about my Amazon Kindle E-Book at:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EUSMJDO

(Amazon offers a free app for reading its E-Books on PCs, iPads, etc.)

The Adam’s Chronicles Series

Layout 1      Adam's New World 0616 (Small)      Adam's Tiger 0616 (Small)      Layout 1

Adam’s story is always brought up to date in fresh ways, so that books in this series may be read in any order.

The following book is the series prequel and may be read independently.

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All of the above are available at Amazon as Kindle E-Books.

What Others Say About This Series

Awesome story of restoration of Earth—an epic novel, one that shall never be forgotten. Dr. Lapin is truly gifted as a story teller. … Powerful, fast page turning story. Highly recommend—Nancy of Utah, Amazon Reviewer.

Great book, it is the kind of book you can’t wait to read again—Sandra Potter, Amazon Reviewer.

I am fascinated by the quality of this book. … A wonderful blend of thrilling adventure, science fiction and romance. … It delivers on so many different levels. Well done—Dennis Waller, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer.

This story had every element … an exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. Abundance of well-illustrated scenes. … had me immersed from the beginning. The story flows … with ease, and the author shows exceptional skill when it comes to storytelling. … Twists and turns in this page turner … make you want to read it non-stop. … Highly recommended—Piaras, Amazon Reviewer.

Phenomenal series offers elements of the thriller, mystery, science fiction, and romance genres. Dr. Lapin’s novels are exciting, with wonderfully developed characters and situations—Jada Ryker, Top 1,000 Amazon Reviewer.

Mad scientist or brave hero? … A murder mystery, medical thriller, and science fiction novel all rolled into one. I recommend it highly—Diane Rapp, Amazon Reviewer.

A fast paced story so plausible that I had trouble figuring the line where science fact and science fiction resides. … That credibility made the debate about the desirability of immortality real instead of fantasy. … An entertaining read—Capt’n Bob, Amazon Reviewer.

Bringing Back Mammoths

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

Woolly mammoths disappeared from North America about ten-thousand years ago. Humans have been blamed for their disappearance, though climate change might be culpable too. Complete carcasses of these ancient elephant relatives are still being found, frozen in melting ice. At least once, meat from one of them has been served at a meeting of explorers.

If the flesh was good enough to be eaten at a banquet, couldn’t certain organs be found in preserved condition?

In my story, Adam… Forever, a frozen mammoth female was found on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia. The main characters would use that discovery to publicize ongoing programs for species preservation. Dr. Adam Boatwright suggests going a couple of extra steps, and he travels with his colleague to examine the carcass. Adam hopes to find preserved embryos frozen inside the mammoth’s womb. If so, he would implant them in elephant surrogate moms, thereby bringing back the species from extinction.

Though improbable, this might be the simplest way to restore a long-extinct species. In my later story, Adam’s Pouched Lion, a marsupial lion is brought back to life by first determining its genome from a bone fifty-thousand years old. That DNA map is used to patch together pieces of DNA to make one whole, from which advanced procedures (largely science-fictional, for now) are used to clone an embryo of the long-dead animal, which might then be planted into a living distant relative to be its surrogate birth mom.

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Prequel to the Adam’s Chronicles series. The story tells how geneticist and surgeon, Adam Boatwright, uses his skills to prevent his wife’s impending cancer. Adam engineers a super virus that continually generates chemicals that fight off viruses and cancer.

As a test, Adam infects himself with that mutant virus. But the side effect is prevention of aging, and he becomes virtually immortal. Convinced that long lives would destroy the human race, Adam becomes caught in a web of intrigue and conspiracy as he tries to stop profiteers from exploiting his super virus.

Find out more about my Amazon Kindle E-Book at:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EUSMJDO

(Amazon offers a free app for reading its E-Books on PCs, iPads, etc.)

The Adam’s Chronicles Series

Layout 1      Adam's New World 0616 (Small)      Adam's Tiger 0616 (Small)      Layout 1

Adam’s story is always brought up to date in fresh ways, so that books in this series may be read in any order.

The following book is the series prequel and may be read independently.

AdamForeverFinalCoverModifiedCorrected

All of the above are available at Amazon as Kindle E-Books.

What Others Say About This Series

Awesome story of restoration of Earth—an epic novel, one that shall never be forgotten. Dr. Lapin is truly gifted as a story teller. … Powerful, fast page turning story. Highly recommend—Nancy of Utah, Amazon Reviewer.

Great book, it is the kind of book you can’t wait to read again—Sandra Potter, Amazon Reviewer.

I am fascinated by the quality of this book. … A wonderful blend of thrilling adventure, science fiction and romance. … It delivers on so many different levels. Well done—Dennis Waller, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer.

This story had every element … an exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. Abundance of well-illustrated scenes. … had me immersed from the beginning. The story flows … with ease, and the author shows exceptional skill when it comes to storytelling. … Twists and turns in this page turner … make you want to read it non-stop. … Highly recommended—Piaras, Amazon Reviewer.

Phenomenal series offers elements of the thriller, mystery, science fiction, and romance genres. Dr. Lapin’s novels are exciting, with wonderfully developed characters and situations—Jada Ryker, Top 1,000 Amazon Reviewer.

Mad scientist or brave hero? … A murder mystery, medical thriller, and science fiction novel all rolled into one. I recommend it highly—Diane Rapp, Amazon Reviewer.

A fast paced story so plausible that I had trouble figuring the line where science fact and science fiction resides. … That credibility made the debate about the desirability of immortality real instead of fantasy. … An entertaining read—Capt’n Bob, Amazon Reviewer.

A Suspenseful Tale about Immortality

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: LarryLLapin

Suppose you have an unconventional preventive for cancer, but you need it now to save lives, especially one in particular. You are convinced it’ll work. You cannot wait twenty years to jump through all the hoops of proving everything to establishment gurus and regulators. So you will secretly test your procedure on animals.

Mice results remove all doubt as to workability. But you know nothing about side effects. You do not want to kill your loved one, so you have to prove it’s not dangerous. You will test it on yourself.

I have just given you the main thrust of the story in Adam… Forever. Dr. Adam Boatwright suspects there is one unavoidable side effect: it will stop the aging process. For how long it will work, he doesn’t know. He worries about betraying lots of trust and keeps everything secret. Most of all, he fears traffickers in immortality.

AdamForeverFinalCoverModifiedCorrected

Prequel to the Adam’s Chronicles series. The story tells how geneticist and surgeon, Adam Boatwright, uses his skills to prevent his wife’s impending cancer. Adam engineers a super virus that continually generates chemicals that fight off viruses and cancer.

As a test, Adam infects himself with that mutant virus. But the side effect is prevention of aging, and he becomes virtually immortal. Convinced that long lives would destroy the human race, Adam becomes caught in a web of intrigue and conspiracy as he tries to stop profiteers from exploiting his super virus.

Find out more about my Amazon Kindle E-Book at:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EUSMJDO

(Amazon offers a free app for reading its E-Books on PCs, iPads, etc.)

The Adam’s Chronicles Series

Layout 1      Adam's New World 0616 (Small)      Adam's Tiger 0616 (Small)      Layout 1

Adam’s story is always brought up to date in fresh ways, so that books in this series may be read in any order.

The following book is the series prequel and may be read independently.

AdamForeverFinalCoverModifiedCorrected

All of the above are available at Amazon as Kindle E-Books.

What Others Say About This Series

Awesome story of restoration of Earth—an epic novel, one that shall never be forgotten. Dr. Lapin is truly gifted as a story teller. … Powerful, fast page turning story. Highly recommend—Nancy of Utah, Amazon Reviewer.

Great book, it is the kind of book you can’t wait to read again—Sandra Potter, Amazon Reviewer.

I am fascinated by the quality of this book. … A wonderful blend of thrilling adventure, science fiction and romance. … It delivers on so many different levels. Well done—Dennis Waller, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer.

This story had every element … an exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. Abundance of well-illustrated scenes. … had me immersed from the beginning. The story flows … with ease, and the author shows exceptional skill when it comes to storytelling. … Twists and turns in this page turner … make you want to read it non-stop. … Highly recommended—Piaras, Amazon Reviewer.

Phenomenal series offers elements of the thriller, mystery, science fiction, and romance genres. Dr. Lapin’s novels are exciting, with wonderfully developed characters and situations—Jada Ryker, Top 1,000 Amazon Reviewer.

Mad scientist or brave hero? … A murder mystery, medical thriller, and science fiction novel all rolled into one. I recommend it highly—Diane Rapp, Amazon Reviewer.

A fast paced story so plausible that I had trouble figuring the line where science fact and science fiction resides. … That credibility made the debate about the desirability of immortality real instead of fantasy. … An entertaining read—Capt’n Bob, Amazon Reviewer.

Mouse Testing is Vital in Proving Medical Procedures

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

Laboratory mice are ideal test animals for medical testing medical treatments involving a range of medical procedures and treatments. A big advantage is that they have short life cycles, making them ideal subjects for evaluating genetic manipulation. Mouse physiology has plenty of human analogies, making them good surrogates for treatment validation before human trials.

A lion’s share of human drugs are first tested with mice to assess toxic effects and other reactions. Standard protocols require animal evaluations for most substances and many procedures. Skimping on animal testing can lead to serious violations.

Far worse would be not doing animal testing at all. In my book Adam… Forever, Dr. Adam Boatwright uses himself as a test subject. Being caught doing that could end his career, perhaps even lead to imprisonment. But he is in too much of a hurry to save his wife from familial cancer and too much in love to let anything stop him.

AdamForeverFinalCoverModifiedCorrected

Prequel to the Adam’s Chronicles series. The story tells how geneticist and surgeon, Adam Boatwright, uses his skills to prevent his wife’s impending cancer. Adam engineers a super virus that continually generates chemicals that fight off viruses and cancer.

As a test, Adam infects himself with that mutant virus. But the side effect is prevention of aging, and he becomes virtually immortal. Convinced that long lives would destroy the human race, Adam becomes caught in a web of intrigue and conspiracy as he tries to stop profiteers from exploiting his super virus.

Find out more about my Amazon Kindle E-Book at:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EUSMJDO

(Amazon offers a free app for reading its E-Books on PCs, iPads, etc.)

The Adam’s Chronicles Series

Layout 1      Adam's New World 0616 (Small)      Adam's Tiger 0616 (Small)      Layout 1

Adam’s story is always brought up to date in fresh ways, so that books in this series may be read in any order.

The following book is the series prequel and may be read independently.

AdamForeverFinalCoverModifiedCorrected

All of the above are available at Amazon as Kindle E-Books.

What Others Say About This Series

Awesome story of restoration of Earth—an epic novel, one that shall never be forgotten. Dr. Lapin is truly gifted as a story teller. … Powerful, fast page turning story. Highly recommend—Nancy of Utah, Amazon Reviewer.

Great book, it is the kind of book you can’t wait to read again—Sandra Potter, Amazon Reviewer.

I am fascinated by the quality of this book. … A wonderful blend of thrilling adventure, science fiction and romance. … It delivers on so many different levels. Well done—Dennis Waller, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer.

This story had every element … an exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. Abundance of well-illustrated scenes. … had me immersed from the beginning. The story flows … with ease, and the author shows exceptional skill when it comes to storytelling. … Twists and turns in this page turner … make you want to read it non-stop. … Highly recommended—Piaras, Amazon Reviewer.

Phenomenal series offers elements of the thriller, mystery, science fiction, and romance genres. Dr. Lapin’s novels are exciting, with wonderfully developed characters and situations—Jada Ryker, Top 1,000 Amazon Reviewer.

Mad scientist or brave hero? … A murder mystery, medical thriller, and science fiction novel all rolled into one. I recommend it highly—Diane Rapp, Amazon Reviewer.

A fast paced story so plausible that I had trouble figuring the line where science fact and science fiction resides. … That credibility made the debate about the desirability of immortality real instead of fantasy. … An entertaining read—Capt’n Bob, Amazon Reviewer.

Aging, Cells, and Cancer

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

Aging is in our DNA. All organisms eventually will die. One rationale for this is that occasional errors occur whenever cells divide, which is something normal cells do throughout our lives. As the errors accumulate, we notice some of the changes as wrinkled skin and graying hairs. Eventually the errors become insurmountable, adversely affecting our essential organs, and we weaken and die. That the natural progression of biological life as we know it.

Some deaths are caused by cancer. Like ordinary aging, cancers begin with errors in dividing cells, but the daughter cells violate the normal routine and exactly duplicate themselves. Those cells are in a sense immortal. They will only die when the host does or when some outside force intervenes.

What if we found a way to make cells divide perfectly every time? Then cancer would be conquered.

In my story Adam… Forever, Dr. Adam Boatwright believes he knows how to achieve that, at least temporarily. He can prevent cancer. But there would be an unavoidable side effect: the aging process would be halted. Anyone receiving his treatment would become virtually immortal.

AdamForeverFinalCoverModifiedCorrected

Prequel to the Adam’s Chronicles series. The story tells how geneticist and surgeon, Adam Boatwright, uses his skills to prevent his wife’s impending cancer. Adam engineers a super virus that continually generates chemicals that fight off viruses and cancer.

As a test, Adam infects himself with that mutant virus. But the side effect is prevention of aging, and he becomes virtually immortal. Convinced that long lives would destroy the human race, Adam becomes caught in a web of intrigue and conspiracy as he tries to stop profiteers from exploiting his super virus.

Find out more about my Amazon Kindle E-Book at:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EUSMJDO

(Amazon offers a free app for reading its E-Books on PCs, iPads, etc.)

The Adam’s Chronicles Series

Layout 1      Adam's New World 0616 (Small)      Adam's Tiger 0616 (Small)      Layout 1

Adam’s story is always brought up to date in fresh ways, so that books in this series may be read in any order.

The following book is the series prequel and may be read independently.

AdamForeverFinalCoverModifiedCorrected

All of the above are available at Amazon as Kindle E-Books.

What Others Say About This Series

Awesome story of restoration of Earth—an epic novel, one that shall never be forgotten. Dr. Lapin is truly gifted as a story teller. … Powerful, fast page turning story. Highly recommend—Nancy of Utah, Amazon Reviewer.

Great book, it is the kind of book you can’t wait to read again—Sandra Potter, Amazon Reviewer.

I am fascinated by the quality of this book. … A wonderful blend of thrilling adventure, science fiction and romance. … It delivers on so many different levels. Well done—Dennis Waller, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer.

This story had every element … an exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. Abundance of well-illustrated scenes. … had me immersed from the beginning. The story flows … with ease, and the author shows exceptional skill when it comes to storytelling. … Twists and turns in this page turner … make you want to read it non-stop. … Highly recommended—Piaras, Amazon Reviewer.

Phenomenal series offers elements of the thriller, mystery, science fiction, and romance genres. Dr. Lapin’s novels are exciting, with wonderfully developed characters and situations—Jada Ryker, Top 1,000 Amazon Reviewer.

Mad scientist or brave hero? … A murder mystery, medical thriller, and science fiction novel all rolled into one. I recommend it highly—Diane Rapp, Amazon Reviewer.

A fast paced story so plausible that I had trouble figuring the line where science fact and science fiction resides. … That credibility made the debate about the desirability of immortality real instead of fantasy. … An entertaining read—Capt’n Bob, Amazon Reviewer.

Some Viruses Trick the Immune System

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

In my book Adam… Forever geneticist Adam Boatwright marvels at the Herpes simplex virus. Professor of Medicine at Central University, he featured this virus in a lecture to medical students.

Some herpes family of viruses re-infect their victims throughout their lives. The commonest form of Herpes simplex cause sores on lips or inside the mouth. We call the infections cold sores or fever blisters. These eruptions occur every six months or so and can be precipitated by cold, sun, or stress. The body quickly cures the sores but never conquers the virus itself, which goes dormant, hibernating inside the victim’s body.

Researchers have noted that while a patient is infected by herpes, he or she rarely suffers from other viral infections. They don’t know why.

In my story, Adam Boatwright hopes to use that property of Herpes simplex and his genetics knowledge to engineer a treatment for more general virus infections and possibly to deter cancer.

Adam’s violinist wife Vera has close relatives who have gotten breast cancers, but she is afraid to test for the gene believed responsible. This becomes a very contentious issue in an otherwise perfect marriage.

AdamForeverFinalCoverModifiedCorrected

Prequel to the Adam’s Chronicles series. The story tells how geneticist and surgeon, Adam Boatwright, uses his skills to prevent his wife’s impending cancer. Adam engineers a super virus that continually generates chemicals that fight off viruses and cancer.

As a test, Adam infects himself with that mutant virus. But the side effect is prevention of aging, and he becomes virtually immortal. Convinced that long lives would destroy the human race, Adam becomes caught in a web of intrigue and conspiracy as he tries to stop profiteers from exploiting his super virus.

Find out more about my Amazon Kindle E-Book at:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EUSMJDO

(Amazon offers a free app for reading its E-Books on PCs, iPads, etc.)

The Adam’s Chronicles Series

Layout 1      Adam's New World 0616 (Small)      Adam's Tiger 0616 (Small)      Layout 1

Adam’s story is always brought up to date in fresh ways, so that books in this series may be read in any order.

The following book is the series prequel and may be read independently.

AdamForeverFinalCoverModifiedCorrected

All of the above are available at Amazon as Kindle E-Books.

What Others Say About This Series

Awesome story of restoration of Earth—an epic novel, one that shall never be forgotten. Dr. Lapin is truly gifted as a story teller. … Powerful, fast page turning story. Highly recommend—Nancy of Utah, Amazon Reviewer.

Great book, it is the kind of book you can’t wait to read again—Sandra Potter, Amazon Reviewer.

I am fascinated by the quality of this book. … A wonderful blend of thrilling adventure, science fiction and romance. … It delivers on so many different levels. Well done—Dennis Waller, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer.

This story had every element … an exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. Abundance of well-illustrated scenes. … had me immersed from the beginning. The story flows … with ease, and the author shows exceptional skill when it comes to storytelling. … Twists and turns in this page turner … make you want to read it non-stop. … Highly recommended—Piaras, Amazon Reviewer.

Phenomenal series offers elements of the thriller, mystery, science fiction, and romance genres. Dr. Lapin’s novels are exciting, with wonderfully developed characters and situations—Jada Ryker, Top 1,000 Amazon Reviewer.

Mad scientist or brave hero? … A murder mystery, medical thriller, and science fiction novel all rolled into one. I recommend it highly—Diane Rapp, Amazon Reviewer.

A fast paced story so plausible that I had trouble figuring the line where science fact and science fiction resides. … That credibility made the debate about the desirability of immortality real instead of fantasy. … An entertaining read—Capt’n Bob, Amazon Reviewer.

Science Fiction or Romantic Fictional Science?

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

Most would classify my book Adam… Forever as science fiction, though except for a couple of twists, some would also say that it is a medical thriller. One of these twists is based on a long-lived laboratory rat named Little Oscar. This animal was purported to be ten years old. Ordinarily such rodents only live two or three years.

Under tremendous pressure to save his violinist wife Vera from familial breast cancer, my hero Dr. Adam Boatwright believes he can explain the rat’s long life scientifically and that it all relates to a longshot possibility for deterring all cancers. The second science-fictional twist is genetic trickery to mutate a virus to do that job.

Otherwise, my story is a medical thriller, but with a few more strange twists. I also believe it is really a medical romance and that it has more fictional science than traditional science fiction. I will say no more.

AdamForeverFinalCoverModifiedCorrected

Prequel to the Adam’s Chronicles series. The story tells how geneticist and surgeon, Adam Boatwright, uses his skills to prevent his wife’s impending cancer. Adam engineers a super virus that continually generates chemicals that fight off viruses and cancer.

As a test, Adam infects himself with that mutant virus. But the side effect is prevention of aging, and he becomes virtually immortal. Convinced that long lives would destroy the human race, Adam becomes caught in a web of intrigue and conspiracy as he tries to stop profiteers from exploiting his super virus.

Find out more about my Amazon Kindle E-Book at:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EUSMJDO

(Amazon offers a free app for reading its E-Books on PCs, iPads, etc.)

The Adam’s Chronicles Series

Layout 1      Adam's New World 0616 (Small)      Adam's Tiger 0616 (Small)      Layout 1

Adam’s story is always brought up to date in fresh ways, so that books in this series may be read in any order.

The following book is the series prequel and may be read independently.

AdamForeverFinalCoverModifiedCorrected

All of the above are available at Amazon as Kindle E-Books.

What Others Say About This Series

Awesome story of restoration of Earth—an epic novel, one that shall never be forgotten. Dr. Lapin is truly gifted as a story teller. … Powerful, fast page turning story. Highly recommend—Nancy of Utah, Amazon Reviewer.

Great book, it is the kind of book you can’t wait to read again—Sandra Potter, Amazon Reviewer.

I am fascinated by the quality of this book. … A wonderful blend of thrilling adventure, science fiction and romance. … It delivers on so many different levels. Well done—Dennis Waller, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer.

This story had every element … an exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. Abundance of well-illustrated scenes. … had me immersed from the beginning. The story flows … with ease, and the author shows exceptional skill when it comes to storytelling. … Twists and turns in this page turner … make you want to read it non-stop. … Highly recommended—Piaras, Amazon Reviewer.

Phenomenal series offers elements of the thriller, mystery, science fiction, and romance genres. Dr. Lapin’s novels are exciting, with wonderfully developed characters and situations—Jada Ryker, Top 1,000 Amazon Reviewer.

Mad scientist or brave hero? … A murder mystery, medical thriller, and science fiction novel all rolled into one. I recommend it highly—Diane Rapp, Amazon Reviewer.

A fast paced story so plausible that I had trouble figuring the line where science fact and science fiction resides. … That credibility made the debate about the desirability of immortality real instead of fantasy. … An entertaining read—Capt’n Bob, Amazon Reviewer.

DNA Is the Key to Life

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

A being might be completely defined by its genome sequence, which is the string of amino acids comprising the plant or animal’s long DNA molecule. These double helixes have only four possibilities at each successive position, so they are typically portrayed as a sequence of the first letters in the names of the respective component. Once it took over a year to sequence a human genome, a feat that now can be done in a few hours and which can cost under a thousand or so dollars.

Every life form known to mankind has its unique DNA sequence—all plants, animals, fungi, and bacterium. Except for identical twins, all animals within species ordinarily have slightly different DNA arrangements, which partly account for individual differences. There seems to be little correlation between a genome’s length and the complexity of the species it tags.

The hard part is finding the genes that correspond to particular body characteristics. It has taken decades of research to identify just a portion of human genes, and the list keeps growing. Bad genes responsible for a hereditary malady would be signaled by wrong positioning of the letters in the DNA map, so that one or more amino acid is out of place.

The simplest DNA maps generally correspond to tiniest lifeforms, such as viruses. As we know all too well, those can cause the worst diseases.

In my story Adam… Forever, the hero Adam Boatwright modifies a virus to ward off cancer. His mutant virus has unforeseen side effects.

AdamForeverFinalCoverModifiedCorrected

Prequel to the Adam’s Chronicles series. The story tells how geneticist and surgeon, Adam Boatwright, uses his skills to prevent his wife’s impending cancer. Adam engineers a super virus that continually generates chemicals that fight off viruses and cancer.

As a test, Adam infects himself with that mutant virus. But the side effect is prevention of aging, and he becomes virtually immortal. Convinced that long lives would destroy the human race, Adam becomes caught in a web of intrigue and conspiracy as he tries to stop profiteers from exploiting his super virus.

Find out more about my Amazon Kindle E-Book at:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EUSMJDO

(Amazon offers a free app for reading its E-Books on PCs, iPads, etc.)

The Adam’s Chronicles Series

Layout 1      Adam's New World 0616 (Small)      Adam's Tiger 0616 (Small)      Layout 1

Adam’s story is always brought up to date in fresh ways, so that books in this series may be read in any order.

The following book is the series prequel and may be read independently.

AdamForeverFinalCoverModifiedCorrected

All of the above are available at Amazon as Kindle E-Books.

What Others Say About This Series

Awesome story of restoration of Earth—an epic novel, one that shall never be forgotten. Dr. Lapin is truly gifted as a story teller. … Powerful, fast page turning story. Highly recommend—Nancy of Utah, Amazon Reviewer.

Great book, it is the kind of book you can’t wait to read again—Sandra Potter, Amazon Reviewer.

I am fascinated by the quality of this book. … A wonderful blend of thrilling adventure, science fiction and romance. … It delivers on so many different levels. Well done—Dennis Waller, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer.

This story had every element … an exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. Abundance of well-illustrated scenes. … had me immersed from the beginning. The story flows … with ease, and the author shows exceptional skill when it comes to storytelling. … Twists and turns in this page turner … make you want to read it non-stop. … Highly recommended—Piaras, Amazon Reviewer.

Phenomenal series offers elements of the thriller, mystery, science fiction, and romance genres. Dr. Lapin’s novels are exciting, with wonderfully developed characters and situations—Jada Ryker, Top 1,000 Amazon Reviewer.

Mad scientist or brave hero? … A murder mystery, medical thriller, and science fiction novel all rolled into one. I recommend it highly—Diane Rapp, Amazon Reviewer.

A fast paced story so plausible that I had trouble figuring the line where science fact and science fiction resides. … That credibility made the debate about the desirability of immortality real instead of fantasy. … An entertaining read—Capt’n Bob, Amazon Reviewer.

Germ-Line Intervention to Correct Hereditary Diseases

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

Genetics state-of-the-art is rapidly evolving. One of the most important applications is stopping hereditary diseases from passing on to subsequent generations. Huntington’s Disease is an example of such a malady. Its symptoms appear late in life when the subject begins to lose control of his movements, and within a short time thereafter dies. Particularly insidious is that this disastrous end to life occurs after the gene has passed on to some children. If that hereditary chain can be broken, then the patient’s future generations would be totally free of the disease.

People with just the recessive version of this gene will not get Huntington’s, but could pass it on if the other parent also has a recessive gene. Half the children of such a union would be born with the dominant version. Germ-line intervention is one technique for curtailing such a hereditary disease within a family.

Male sperm is freshly generated constantly, and intervention in the sperm-making mechanism is possible to prohibit certain genes from occurring in the future. If that procedure works in a man’s body, a recessive gene for the targeted hereditary disease would never pass from him. Huntington’s could be eliminated from his line. Systematic duplication of the procedure to males who carry the recessive gene might eventually eliminate the hereditary disease from an entire population.

In my story Adam… Forever, geneticist Adam Boatwright modifies germ lines to eliminate such diseases. He will use his knowledge to evade cancer, with unintended consequences. I do not want to spoil the story now, and Adam’s story expands on genetic intervention, with profound consequences.

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Prequel to the Adam’s Chronicles series. The story tells how geneticist and surgeon, Adam Boatwright, uses his skills to prevent his wife’s impending cancer. Adam engineers a super virus that continually generates chemicals that fight off viruses and cancer.

As a test, Adam infects himself with that mutant virus. But the side effect is prevention of aging, and he becomes virtually immortal. Convinced that long lives would destroy the human race, Adam becomes caught in a web of intrigue and conspiracy as he tries to stop profiteers from exploiting his super virus.

Find out more about my Amazon Kindle E-Book at:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EUSMJDO

(Amazon offers a free app for reading its E-Books on PCs, iPads, etc.)

The Adam’s Chronicles Series

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Adam’s story is always brought up to date in fresh ways, so that books in this series may be read in any order.

The following book is the series prequel and may be read independently.

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All of the above are available at Amazon as Kindle E-Books.

What Others Say About This Series

Awesome story of restoration of Earth—an epic novel, one that shall never be forgotten. Dr. Lapin is truly gifted as a story teller. … Powerful, fast page turning story. Highly recommend—Nancy of Utah, Amazon Reviewer.

Great book, it is the kind of book you can’t wait to read again—Sandra Potter, Amazon Reviewer.

I am fascinated by the quality of this book. … A wonderful blend of thrilling adventure, science fiction and romance. … It delivers on so many different levels. Well done—Dennis Waller, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer.

This story had every element … an exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. Abundance of well-illustrated scenes. … had me immersed from the beginning. The story flows … with ease, and the author shows exceptional skill when it comes to storytelling. … Twists and turns in this page turner … make you want to read it non-stop. … Highly recommended—Piaras, Amazon Reviewer.

Phenomenal series offers elements of the thriller, mystery, science fiction, and romance genres. Dr. Lapin’s novels are exciting, with wonderfully developed characters and situations—Jada Ryker, Top 1,000 Amazon Reviewer.

Mad scientist or brave hero? … A murder mystery, medical thriller, and science fiction novel all rolled into one. I recommend it highly—Diane Rapp, Amazon Reviewer.

A fast paced story so plausible that I had trouble figuring the line where science fact and science fiction resides. … That credibility made the debate about the desirability of immortality real instead of fantasy. … An entertaining read—Capt’n Bob, Amazon Reviewer.

Two Kinds of Hairy People

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

As noted in a recent posting regarding the story line of my Adam’s Chronicles books, hairy people and their ape ancestors are different species, though it is hard to tell them apart. The genetically modified hairy ones are on a par with humans, and the three kinds of people form a harmonious society. There is little interaction between wilderness apes and their hairy cousins who live among humans.

One of the characters in the story is the hairy woman Borena, who descends in the bonobo line of hairy people. She temporarily lives amongst wild bonobos while doing research on that species.

Though often confused with chimpanzees, bonobos are a totally different creatures. Both apes have DNA equally close to humans, and the two ape genomes are as different from each other’s as from that of humans.

In my story, odd naming customs prevail among the hairy people. Beginning with the very first bonobos restored, names have a prefix “Bo” attached. Thus, Borena, Borex, Boellen, became popular. Even names like Bopeep and Bojangles had been used. With chimpanzees, the early names took on the “Ch” prefix. That led to Chelsea, Chips, Chita, and so on.

Chimpanzee persons are depicted as having big egos and eventually abandon the “Ch” in favor of more pretentious names. As the story moves on, all persons of chimpanzee stock are given Greek names, like Demosthenes, Agamemnon, and Plato.

I took poetic license to breathe life into the hairy characters. In keeping with their extremely macho personalities, people of chimpanzee stock speak with guttural intonations. They are very bright and outperform humans in several ways. The nouveau people wear togas and are a bit intimidating to other members of society, though they try very hard to smooth out the rough edges. Those chimpanzee descendants are very, very different from the other hairy people.

Those are people of bonobo extraction who speak with a high-pitched nasal twang. Humans seem to be more comfortable around these highly intuitive beings and often wonder if these hairy people can read their minds.

The latest story in this series is Adam’s Pouched Lion.

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In Book IV of Adam’s Chronicles Planet Earth is still recovering from a disastrous meteor impact. The centuries-long effort to restore animals and plants—and mankind itself—has been expanded to include bringing back certain mammals that went extinct much earlier.

Adam Boatwright worries about the future. The long-lived geneticist wants a world with a small human footprint. But he also wants to compensate for the earlier ruin people brought. His ambitious goal is improving the planet’s platform for future evolution. In doing so he has reversed extinctions, starting with woolly mammoths and saber-toothed cats. In the works are bringing back long-dead keystone Australian predators: Tasmanian tiger-wolves and marsupial lions.

Find out more about my Amazon Kindle E-Book at:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01183SHPM

(Amazon offers a free app for reading its E-Books on PCs, iPads, etc.)

The Adam’s Chronicles Series

Layout 1      Adam's New World 0616 (Small)      Adam's Tiger 0616 (Small)      Layout 1

Adam’s story is always brought up to date in fresh ways, so that books in this series may be read in any order.

The following book is the series prequel and may be read independently.

AdamForeverFinalCoverModifiedCorrected

All of the above are available at Amazon as Kindle E-Books.

What Others Say About This Series

Awesome story of restoration of Earth—an epic novel, one that shall never be forgotten. Dr. Lapin is truly gifted as a story teller. … Powerful, fast page turning story. Highly recommend—Nancy of Utah, Amazon Reviewer.

Great book, it is the kind of book you can’t wait to read again—Sandra Potter, Amazon Reviewer.

I am fascinated by the quality of this book. … A wonderful blend of thrilling adventure, science fiction and romance. … It delivers on so many different levels. Well done—Dennis Waller, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer.

This story had every element … an exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. Abundance of well-illustrated scenes. … had me immersed from the beginning. The story flows … with ease, and the author shows exceptional skill when it comes to storytelling. … Twists and turns in this page turner … make you want to read it non-stop. … Highly recommended—Piaras, Amazon Reviewer.

Phenomenal series offers elements of the thriller, mystery, science fiction, and romance genres. Dr. Lapin’s novels are exciting, with wonderfully developed characters and situations—Jada Ryker, Top 1,000 Amazon Reviewer.

Mad scientist or brave hero? … A murder mystery, medical thriller, and science fiction novel all rolled into one. I recommend it highly—Diane Rapp, Amazon Reviewer.

A fast paced story so plausible that I had trouble figuring the line where science fact and science fiction resides. … That credibility made the debate about the desirability of immortality real instead of fantasy. … An entertaining read—Capt’n Bob, Amazon Reviewer.