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Greg Iles
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The Desire for Immortality

Edward Berkmann's desire for immortality leads him in two different directions. He first tries to gain immortality by perfecting a procedure to transplant the pineal gland from a young donor to an older recipient. He takes the limited knowledge he has from a study done on mice. In that study, the mice that were given the transplants acted younger, exhibited renewed vitality and were more interested in sex. It's noted that they didn't really grow old be eventually just died. The fact that the study worked in mice is all Berkmann has to go on, but he believes it to be sufficient. He has actually done enough research on his own that he has the entire harvesting procedure down to a matter of minutes. He is also able to quickly do the transplant. The problem is that he has no idea of the side-effects or...

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