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“This novel is fiction, except for the parts that aren’t”, Michael Crichton wrote at the beginning of Next (2006) [the author’s statement, printed on the page following the copyright notice in the UK hardback edition]. Set in the present, the books describes a world dominated by genetic engineering and research in which governments and private people compete – between science and law – to get control over nature and its citizens, their bodies and their lives. In theory, in the name of progress; in practice, for the greatest possible advantage. Because, Crichton recounts, with the engaging style that characterizes him but drawing inspiration from news events and judicial cases that really happened – how, once perfected, scientific discoveries slip towards undreamed horizons, far beyond what the individual expert had or had not intended or foreseen. In this perverse circle that reduces the human body to a mere collection of genes and tissue to be exploited and sold, the most victimized victims are however, once again women: daughters and mothers, sisters and scientists. (@GiuliGaleotti)

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