Genius Gene
Part One of the Catherine Fox Trilogy

By Howard Bimberg
July 2010
Book Guild
Distributed by Trans-Atlantic Publications
ISBN: 9781846244377
256 pages
$34.95 Hardcover

Einstein, Newton, Da Vinci. The names are synonymous with genius; however, is genius nurtured or does nature provide it? In the fictional scientific thriller, The Genius Gene, young geneticist Catherine Fox has the surprising answer. She has discovered a source of genius in our genes. Unfortunately, her former mentor and spurned lover, Nobel Prize-winning geneticist, Stephen Yates would do anything to obtain her confidential research. Backed by greedy pharmaceutical companies, Yates has become corrupt and he wants to engineer the genius gene into the unborn children of wealthy parents.

The time is the mid-21st century and Stephen has established clinics to design the genome of children according to their parents' preferences. Catherine calls these offspring 'Frankenstein children' and she fears the creation of a master race. Her research may make this possible and she struggles to prevent Yates from learning the workings of the genius gene. Unknown to Catherine, there are other secrets to protect. On the eve of crucial hearings on legalizing Yates' process, he vanishes and Catherine becomes a suspect in his disappearance.

About the Author

Howard Birnberg holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from the Ohio State University and a Masters in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a member of the Oriental Institute in Chicago and has a long standing interest in archaeology, the development of early civilizations and in genetics. Mr. Birnberg has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, North America, and South America. He lives in Carmel, California.

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