Mutation Themes & Social Concerns

Robin Cook
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In Mutation, Cook explores the possible results of genetic engineering, zygote implantation, and surrogate motherhood. Currently, doctors are attempting to alter a child's genetic structure to cure her disease. If successful, the procedure will be a revolutionary treatment and a first step in curing other diseases through genetic manipulation.

Cook, however, suggests an altogether different outcome. Since sperm and egg can be joined outside the womb, he reasons, what if the genetic materials were also manipulated so that the child would have an intelligence level of a genius? Surely arranging for extremely bright children would help solve many of society's problems. Or would it?

Mutation affords a look at a child genius who solves important human problems but lacks the moral maturity to understand the social consequences of his actions. The novel focuses on the American fear of the super-intelligent, and touches upon...

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