Alexandra Blake is your typical molecular biologist: She gets frustrated when samples are too deteriorated to yield any DNA, she fights her boss for more time to spend on basic (versus applied) research, she shares access to Science, Nature, and other key journals with her co-workers after her institution decided it couldn't afford more than one subscription per publication. Oh, and she also solves crimes.Alex Blake is the brainchild of novelist Lori Andrews, a law professor and genetics expert who directs the Institute for Science, Law and Technology at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Blake is a fictional geneticist based at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington DC, who accepted a post there because the institute promised to provide the cutting-edge equipment she needed to continue her sequencing work with the 1918 Spanish flu virus. That's a real project, which includes scientists who are...

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