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Return to Book Page. Preview — Double Helix by Nancy Werlin. Eighteen-year-old Eli discovers a shocking secret about his life and his family while working for a Nobel Prize-winning scientist whose specialty is genetic engineering.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published May 5th by Puffin Books first published March 30th More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Double Helix , please sign up. Is there any kind of romantic relationships in this book any kind? If so is there anything explicit more than kissing? See 2 questions about Double Helix…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews.
Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Double Helix. Dec 07, booklady rated it really liked it Recommends it for: anyone interested in bioethics. Shelves: , mystery , historical-fiction , crime , youth , fiction , education , health. Double Helix by Nancy Werlin is young adult mystery which my daughter handed me recently. The main character, Eli Samuels, a recent high school graduate, is at a crossroads in his life in more ways than one.
His mother is completely debilitated and dying of Huntington's disease. He can't afford college but his father vehemently opposes a lucrative job offer with prestigious Wyatt Transgenics by its founder, a legendary molecular biologist. And yet Eli's f 10 December update added at the end. And yet Eli's father won't give a reason as to why he shouldn't take the job. Well, of course, Eli takes it and thus we have our mystery.
Woven throughout the tightly constructed plot, however, are perceptive questions about life, death, souls, suffering and the modern responses of technology, such as genetic manipulation transgenics , cloning, and artificial methods of reproduction. As these are questions we're all going to be facing in the years to come, I highly recommend this book despite the implied acceptability of premarital sex by the main character, Eli Samuels, with his long-time girlfriend.
Therefore I do advise parental discretion in recommending this book to young people. However, mature young people and most adults should find this book very enlightening in terms of examining and discussing ethics in the field of transgenic biology. It wasn't purely a scientific conference; it was open to the public. The idea was that people from all walks of life--intelligent, thoughtful people--would discuss our dreams about what this technology might do for us.
There were panel discussions on the eradication of MS, and Parkinson's, and Lou Gehrig's disease, and on and on. We'd identify the genetic flaws, and no one would suffer from them ever again It was electrifying, Mr. I was as exhilarated as anyone. But then on the last day of the conference, a young man stood up in the audience.
We had been listening to a speech about how prenatal testing was showing promising signs of making it possible to eliminate Down syndrome. Fukuyama leans across the desk her eyes intent on mine. Samuels, the young man who stood up in the audience to talk had Down syndrome himself. He was the head of a self-advocacy group of adults with Down syndrome. Samuels, and he said the following. I have never forgotten it.
We don't make trouble. We don't steal things or kill people. We don't take the good jobs. Why do you want to kill us? I stare at Dr. She stares back at me. Then she smiles, a little sadly. My excitement disappeared. I got a glimpse of the world we might create, with our high-flying ideas about the eradication of suffering There's a difference between using our gene therapy for the treatment of existing medical conditions, and using our growing, but far from perfect knowledge of genes--or of humanity--to declare that we absolutely know who has--and hasn't--a right to life at all.
She thought to shock me with me it--that I would dislike it and find it so much worse than Twilight series because the young people actually engaged in premarital sex. So the comparison between the two books provided for some excellent discussion. I was able to show her the redeeming value in this book despite the parts in it which are clearly immoral.
Recommended, with reservations. And with "new, noninvasive genetic screens" that are due to arrive in doctor's offices next year as "pos[ing:] no harm to fetuses or mothers", there is virtually no speed bump on the road from pregnancy test to abortion. Interestingly the article has a subhead that says, "New tests for Down syndrome could lead to more abortions and less support for families. View all 13 comments. Jan 29, Angie rated it did not like it Shelves: teen , science-fiction.
I can't remember why this got added to my "to read" list, but it did and I can't say it was really worth adding. The main character of Eli is not that likable or sympathetic. His attitude towards his girlfriend is frankly appalling and I can't believe that she ends up taking him back after the way he treats her. His relationship with his parents is also very troubling.
His mother has a horrible disease and he just wants her to get on with dying so he can get on with his life and his father can m I can't remember why this got added to my "to read" list, but it did and I can't say it was really worth adding. His mother has a horrible disease and he just wants her to get on with dying so he can get on with his life and his father can move on He doesn't express any genuine grief at her death.
It doesn't seem like Werlin did that much research into the research. There were several times when I was reading the scientific explanations when I actually thought "is that really accurate? And some of the lectures just seemed preachy. The mystery wasn't mysterious or compelling; the story wasn't that well written, the characters were not likable and the plot was kind of convoluted.
Overall not a successful book. Shelves: fiction , goodreads-author , speculative-fiction , zz-4star , orphaned-and-quasi-orphaned-kids , reviewed , readbooks-female-author-or-illust , z , novel , groups-buddies.
Here, three of the main characters: Eli, Viv, Kayla are all young adults. But I grew to really like the characters, and the science fiction story is a thought provoking one about issues such as medical and scientific ethics, This is very similar to books by Robin Cook, Michael Palmer, and Michael Crichton. But I grew to really like the characters, and the science fiction story is a thought provoking one about issues such as medical and scientific ethics, genetic research, what makes a family, what makes us human, and to what extent do we go to improve quality and length of life.
View all 8 comments. Apr 19, Thomas rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Sci-fi Fans. Shelves: science-fiction , young-adult. He has a number of problems to deal with - his new job at Wyatt Transgenics that for some reason has his dad angry, his mom who is suffering from Huntington's disease, and his girlfriend Viv who is having trust issues with him.
He starts to spend time with a famous scientist named Quincy Wyatt, and through him he finds out dangerous secrets about not only his mom and dad, but he, Eli, himself. I enjoyed this "Double Helix" is about Eli Samuels who has just graduated as saludictorian as his class.
Double Helix (novel)
Double Helix , a novel by Nancy Werlin , is about year-old Eli Samuels, who works for a famous molecular biologist named Dr. Quincy Wyatt. There is a mysterious connection between Dr. Because of the connection between Dr. Wyatt and the Samuels family, Eli's father is strongly against Eli working there.
In this mesmerizing novel, Werlin The Killer's Cousin adapts the medical mystery genre to explore the bewildering, complex issues surrounding experimental gene therapy. Narrator Eli Samuels, about to graduate from high school, has fired off an e-mail to Quincy Wyatt, a world-famous scientist and head of a genetics research corporation—stunningly, Wyatt summons Eli and offers him a job. Eli is thrilled, but the news horrifies his father, who, without explanation, asks Eli to turn it down Eli takes it anyway. Eli's father's silence on the subject of Wyatt has many precedents within Eli's home. Eli's mother is rapidly deteriorating from Huntington's disease, a hereditary illness.
Double Helix by Nancy Werlin
The availability of items requested from other libraries may depend on the policies of the other libraries. Eighteen-year-old Eli discovers a shocking secret about his life and his family while working for a Nobel Prize-winning scientist whose specialty is genetic engineering. Eli has lucked into a job at Wyatt Transgenics—offered to him by Dr. Wyatt, the famed scientist. The salary is substantial, the work is interesting, and Dr.