A scientist working on a project to eradicate hemophilia
inadvertently releases the virus that causes Mahn's
disease. The global wide pandemic propels the world's
powers to sign the Beijing Treaty of 2013, banning any work
on viral engineering.
Geoffrey Allen, a young very wealthy man dying of cystic
fibrosis buys a viral engineered therapy illegally from a
reputable scientist for a large of money. The cure works
but anyone Geoffrey goes near catches what becomes known as
AHMS (Acquired Human Mutagene Syndrome), a plague that
spreads around the world. Diverse groups such as the
American CDC and renegade hackers work feverishly to find a
vaccine that will stop the spread of the disease. They
then have to convince unsympathetic governments and
corporations not to let die the plague victims who are
hidden away in internment camps.
There are many heroes running the human spectrum in THE
CHANGELING PLAGUE. They range from the man who served as
the host of this plague to the doctors who risk their own
health so that others may have hope to the scientific
hackers who fill the gap when all else fails. Syne
Mitchell's latest work revisits hot potato social issues
providing a powerful magnitude of perspectives which gives
credence to the naysayers as much as the supporters. This
is a powerhouse novel.
In the mid-21st century, all genetic experimentation has
been outlawed. But when a desperate dying man takes an
illegal gene therapy drug, he unleashes a worldwide plague
that rewrites the DNA of everyone he encounters.