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Some see it as the greatest scientific breakthrough in the history of medical research. Others as a blasphemous attempt to play God. Researchers have pioneered an amazing genetic technique that can regenerate functioning organs inside the human body. The medical implications are staggering: Could humankind become immortal?
In a worldwide media spotlight, an unprecedented "science court" has been convened in Washington, D.C. to hear the evidence and decide whether or not the experiments should be allowed to continue. On opposite sides of the courtroom stand two brothers: Dr. Arthur Marshak, brilliant director of Grenford Laboratory, who sees his work in organ regeneration as the crowning achievement of his career, a chance at the Nobel Prize, and a momentous gift to humanity, and Dr. Jesse Marshak, a physician, humanitarian, and idealist who sees the imperfect technique as unethical at best, elitist by implication, and dangerous at worse. And standing between them is Julia Marshak, a remarkable, beautiful woman who broke one brother's heart and married the other.
As angry factions clash in the D.C. streets and science finds itself on trial in a media frenzy of greed, ambition, and lust, Arthur and Jessie must somehow bridge the gap that divides them . . .on an issue that could mean nothing less than life or death for millions.