Cannibals, Killer Viruses, and Other Journeys to the Edge of Science
On Sale: May 27, 2008
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Science Fiction | Thriller
Bizarre illnesses and plagues that kill people in the most
unspeakable ways. Obsessive and inspired efforts by
scientists to solve mysteries and save lives. From The Hot
Zone to The Demon in the Freezer and beyond, Richard
Prestonâ€™s bestselling works have mesmerized readers
everywhere by showing them strange worlds of nature they
never dreamed of.
Panic in Level 4 is a grand tour through the eerie and
unforgettable universe of Richard Preston, filled with
incredible characters and mysteries that refuse to leave
oneâ€™s mind. Here are dramatic true stories from this
acclaimed and award-winning author, including:
â€˘ The phenomenon of â€śself-cannibals,â€ť who suffer from a
rare genetic condition caused by one wrong letter in their
DNA that forces them to compulsively chew their own fleshâ€“
and why everyone may have a touch of this disease.
â€˘ The search for the unknown host of Ebola virus, an
organism hidden somewhere in African rain forests, where
the disease finds its way into the human species, causing
outbreaks of unparalleled horror.
â€˘ The brilliant Russian brothersâ€“â€śone mathematician divided
between two bodiesâ€ťâ€“who built a supercomputer in their
apartment from mail-order parts in an attempt to find
hidden order in the number pi (Ă°).
In fascinating, intimate, and exhilarating detail, Richard
Preston portrays the frightening forces and constructive
discoveries that are currently roiling and reordering our
world, once again proving himself a master of the
nonfiction narrative and, as noted in The Washington
Post, â€śa science writer with an uncommon gift for turning
complex biology into riveting page-turners.â€ť
Talk of the Nation - June 6, 2008
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