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There is a 50 percent chance that geneticist Pierre Tardivel is carrying the gene for Huntington's Disease, a fatal disorder. That knowledge drives Pierre in his work on the Human Genome Project, an attempt by scientists to map human genes. But a strange set of circumstances--including a knife attack, the in vitro fertilization of his wife, and an insurance company plot to use DNA samples to weed out clients predisposed to early deaths--draw Tardivel into a story that will ultimately involve the hunt for a Nazi death camp doctor. Frameshift shows why the New York Times calls Robert J. Sawyer "a writer of boundless confidence." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A Nebula Award winner and Hugo Award nominee, Sawyer has created a gripping medical sf thriller. Pierre Tardivel, a French Canadian geneticist, works on identifying junk DNA for the Human Genome Project. At risk for contracting Huntington's chorea, Tardivel drives himself to succeed in a race against time to complete his research. Skillfully interwoven is the misidentification of John Demjanjuk as the Treblinka death camp's Ivan the Terrible, the cloning of Neanderthal genes, and a greedy insurance company that illegally and clandestinely takes DNA samples from its policy owners and kills high-risk clients before it has to pay out large claims. Highly recommended for sf collections.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Frameshift is a thought provoking, well written sci-fi novel. Heavily centered on genetics and genetics research, Pierre Tardivel is a genetic scientist who suffers from... Read morePublished on July 13, 2013 by Carl Alves
I'm a retired college biology teacher, ninety years old and got hooked on SF stories when I was in high school. Read morePublished on May 4, 2013 by Robert B. Gordon
I've now read six Robert J. Sawyer books, so it's fair to say I'm a fan.
And I also think it's very safe to say if you like Sawyer's other works, you'll really enjoy... Read more
A 'frameshift' mutation is the adding or removing of one nucleotide to alter the genetic code of a living thing. Read morePublished on December 16, 2008 by Ray J. Palen Jr.
"Frameshift" by Robert J. Sawyer, © 1997
This story has a very odd premise. It also presents a truly unusual theory for the growth and development of species, just... Read more
I was excited to read Frameshift at first. A small-scale adventure, confined to one planet, to one species - humans. Read morePublished on November 15, 2006
This is the second novel I have read by Canadian author Robert J. Sawyer and after this I will definitely be reading a lot more. Read morePublished on November 14, 2006 by James P. Lea
I bought Frameshift because of the Nazi war criminal angle. I always enjoy a good Nazi courtroom prosecution scene, and I thought this book was going to be another one of those. Read morePublished on November 6, 2006
I thoroughly enjoyed this book which examines some important moral and scientific issues. I liked Pierre and Molly and found the information on DNA fascinating. Read morePublished on September 2, 2006 by Theresa Welsh