Dr. Daniel Lowell leaves his secured tenured position as
chairman of his department at Harvard to open his own
research company specializing in gene therapy. He develops
the HTSR technique, which involves replacing a part of a
person's DNA that causes a particular disease with DNA that
is disease free. His research is so cutting edge that
Senator Ashley Butler is sponsoring a bill that will outlaw
the technique. Senator Butler, the most powerful man in
the Senate is diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, which
will end his hopes for running for president.
Unable and unwilling to accept defeat the senator
approaches Daniel with a proposal that will benefit them
both. He will quietly drop his opposition to HTSR if
Daniel will use that technique to cure him. He also wants
the DNA to be used to come from the Shroud of Turin and he
uses his powerful connections to get the Church to give
Daniel a sample. The operation will take place in a
private medical facility in the Bahamas if Daniel and his
beautiful assistant can outrun and outwit Italian police
and Mafia hitmen.
Robin Cook once again takes readers to the edge with this
action-packed chilling medical thriller. He raises some
very interesting social and moral issues and makes it clear
that politicians should not be the ones who decide whether
a new medical technique should be available to the general
public. SEIZURE is Robin Cook at his very best.
Senator Ashley Butler is a quintessential Southern
demagogue whose support of traditional American values
includes a knee-jerk reaction against virtually all
biotechnologies. When he's called to chair a subcommittee
introducing legislation to ban new cloning technology, the
senator views his political future in bold relief; and Dr.
Daniel Lowell, inventor of the technique that will take
stem cell research to the next level, sees a roadblock
positioned before his biotech startup.
The two seemingly opposite personalities clash during the
senate hearings, but the men have a common desire. Butler's
hunger for political power far outstrips his concern for
the unborn; and Lowell's pursuit of gargantuan personal
wealth and celebrity overrides any considerations for
patients' well-being. Further complicating the proceedings
is the confidential news that Senator Butler has developed
Parkinson's disease-leading the senator and the researcher
into a Faustian pact. In a perilous attempt to prematurely
harness Lowell's new technology, the therapy leaves the
senator with the horrifying effects of temporal lobe
epilepsy-seizures of the most bizarre order.
Torn from the headlines, Seizure is a cautionary tale for a
time where biotechnology pulls us into a promising yet
frightening new world.