And the Waters Turned to Blood: The Ultimate Biological Threat

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Simon & Schuster, 1997 - Medical - 346 pages
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"It seems to be part science fiction, part murder mystery. But it is not a work of the imagination. It's real, and it's true." "First, beginning in the 1980s, in the estuaries of North Carolina, there were dead fish by the thousands, stripped to the bone." "Then the fishermen were attacked, afflicted by open sores that would not heal." "Only when the scientists studying the microscopic monster responsible for these incidents began to suffer from health effects that were mistaken for Alzheimer's disease and multiple sclerosis did state officials reluctantly concede that they might be confronting a terrifying new plague upon our waters. Then, rather than investigating, they went after the messenger." "Now, all along the eastern United States seacoast, a mysterious and deadly aquatic organism named Pfiesteria piscicida - scientists call it "the cell from hell" - threatens to unleash an environmental nightmare and human tragedy of catastrophic proportions." "In his dramatic and shocking new book, Rodney Barker tells the full and terrifying story of a microorganism far closer to home than the Ebola virus and equally frightening." "At the very center of his narrative is the heroic effort of Dr. JoAnn Burkholder and her colleagues, embattled and dedicated scientists confronting medical, political, and corporate powers to understand and conquer this new scourge before it claims more victims."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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User Review  - quantum_flapdoodle - LibraryThing

A look at the discovery of an ancient organism awakened by pollution that has been wreaking havoc along the Atlantic Coast. The author is a journalist, and the book is written in a journalistic style which works very well for thsi subject matter. Read full review

And the waters turned to blood: the ultimate biological threat

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This latest book from investigative reporter Barker reads like a medical thriller but is much more frightening because the events are true. Barker follows the work of Dr. JoAnn Burkholder, a scientist ... Read full review



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Rodney Barker is Reader in Government at the London School of Economics.

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