A compelling novel based on the high stakes biotech industry and the science behind Viagra from the internationally known Father of the Pill The fourth installment of Carl Djerassis pioneering science in fiction tetralogy tells the story of a husband and wife team who devise new solutions to problems associated with sex and reproduction Renu Krishnan is an Indian born, American educated scientist who discovers how NO nitric oxide can help men with erectile dysfunctionthe scientific rationale behind Viagra At the same time, her husband, Israeli scientist Jephtah Cohn, develops a new approach to ovulation prediction, which is also based on factual research When Wall street gets wind of their discoveries, the couple catapults in the fast paced world of lawyers and IPOs, where scientists are now a hot commodity Deftly exploring the demanding worlds of academia and high finance, Djerassi brings back many characters from his three earlier novels for a satisfying conclusion....
|Publisher||:||Penguin Books November 1, 2000|
|Number of Pages||:||288 pages|
|File Size||:||782 KB|
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To those who are good in physiology of the blood vessels and the issue of NO in dilating them and to those who thought of using or used Viagra/Cialis etc, an eye opener and fun Science with Fiction
"Welcome to the tribe." So concludes Carl Djerassi's latest novel, NO---the final work in his science-in-fiction tetralogy. His terse ending summarizes one of the novel's recurring themes---the often primal behavior of research scientists. By referring to their "Nobel lust" or to their quest for financial rewards, Djerassi compels the reader to consider scientists from a more human perspective---one where fierce competition motivates decisions in scientific activity. In previous novels Djerassi has examined this cutthroat mentality in the context of authorship, in vitro fertilization , and cancer research. This time, by picking up on the frenzy surrounding Viagra, Djerassi sets the stage when he turns his characters' attentions toward the molecule nitric oxide (NO) as a potential cure for penile dysfunction.
New writers are advised "write what you know." For Carl Djerassi this includes a great deal. "NO" is the fourth and best of his science-in-fiction tetralogy. Here some of the characters from the earlier novels cross paths. The drama begun in "Menachem's Seed" is nicely played out here. The intervening years realistically stretching between the two novels.
After I read Frances Brodsky's review of NO in Nature, I ordered the book. I enjoyed NO tremendously. As an academic viral immunologist who has serendipitously discovered the potency of NO as an antiviral in encephalitis, I found the science impeccable and tongue in cheek. The book was very well written, with engaging characters. As a woman scientist, I found the travails of the protagonist valid. I only wish that love were so easy to obtain in my circles. The complexities of establishing a biotech company as well as sheparding a product through the FDA are illustrated in the plot, as well. Thank you for a week's free time diversion!
After I read Frances Brodsky's review of NO in Nature, I ordered the book. I enjoyed NO tremendously. As an academic viral immunologist who has serendipitously discovered the potency of NO as an antiviral in encephalitis, I found the science impeccable and tongue in cheek. The description of discovery, of testing, establishment of a company, FDA approval and ultimately marketing rang true. As a woman scientist, I found the travails of your protagonist valid. I only wish that love were so easy to obtain in my circles. This book was a terrific week's free time diversion!