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James Johnson glared at Guofu Wong and drew a breath. “OK, look Guofu,” he said. “First of all, if I was so greedy as to bulldoze some pissant girl for funding, I’d be running a multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical company right now, not working for the government. I’m not quite that desperate.”
He laughed softly, and several others laughed with him. The two women at the table—not laughing—exchanged a glance.
“You and I both know,” Johnson continued, “that I’m a pioneer in infectious disease research. I’ve been doing this since you were a child, and I’m most certainly not in competition with young Katrina Stone.”
He turned to the rest of the task force. “Now, the fact is: the decision not to fund this woman’s grant was made before the emergence of the so-called Death Row strain of anthrax. I would like to review the data that Dr. Wong and his team have put together. If I agree with his conclusions, then I will absolutely agree with Dr. Wong. If Stone’s inhibitors are as promising as he claims they are, then she is definitely the most promising researcher to combat this bug.
“However, I have a much bigger concern.” He turned to once again address the other scientist exclusively. “How do you know she didn’t engineer it?”
The Death Row Complex
An anonymous warning is sent to the White House, and a genetically engineered biological weapon is released in a California prison. The unpublished data of biologist Katrina Stone may hold the key to harnessing the lethal bacterium--and to its creation within the desperate world from which biotechnology is born.
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