Young Jonathan loved his collection of bird eggs protected by the nest of cotton wool. Later he was allowed a scalpel, and laid bare the tracery of blood vessels, the continents of organs.
“He loves to explore how things work,” his Dad said,
As an adult, Jonathan won a research grant.
The breakthrough was accidental – the project intended to combat mice infestations. The introduced sterility gene revived the inert mouse-pox virus vector. Seventy per cent of the experimental mice died.
“If we tweak these base pairs,” Jonathan said, “we could create 100% lethality.”
The men from Defence were most interested.
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