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Conversations With... Judy Foreman (5:30)
Thursday, November 10, 2022, 5:30 PM
Virtual; Registrants will receive the Zoom link prior to event date.
Beacon Hill Village PRESENTS " Conversations With… JUDY FOREMAN" ON THurSDAY, NOvEMBER 10 at 5:30 PM.
A Medical Thriller
Join members of BHV for a discussion with local author and journalist Judy Foreman about her debut novel, CRISPR’d: A Medical Thriller (February 1, 2022; Skyhorse Publishing hardcover; ISBN 978-1-51076-993-9; $26.99; 264 pages). Judy Foreman uses her decades of writing medical columns and science stories for The Boston Globe to take readers on a wild, all-too-plausible-ride into the future, featuring the cutting edge gene-editing technology: CRISPR.
by Judy Foreman
Dr. Saul Kramer is on the cutting edge of genetic disease research. Revered among clients at his IVF clinic, he harbors a dark secret. In addition to helping infertile couples conceive healthy babies, Dr. Kramer is obsessed, for his own dark reasons, with an alternate mission as well. In certain patients, he uses the gene editing technology CRISPR to tamper with embryos, not to improve the health of the embryos, but to replace a healthy gene with a deadly mutation.
Star reporter Samantha Fuller at one of Boston’s biggest papers begins to suspect what he has done when three infants conceived at his clinic die mysteriously, all at about one year old. She and her molecular biologist husband work secretly in his MIT lab to look for genetic defects in the deceased children. Together, they make a chilling discovery. Thanks to Sammie’s blockbuster stories, which go viral, Dr. Kramer is charged with murder and winds up in court.
In the subsequent dramatic court scenes, his feisty defense lawyer stuns the world with her defense. Set in this uneasy time of genetic engineering with CRISPR technology, Foreman, spins a compelling tale of love, revenge, and murder.
JUDY FOREMAN is a former Boston Globe health columnist and the author of three works of nonfiction. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College. She spent three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Brazil and has a Masters from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She was a Lecturer on Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a Fellow in Medical Ethics, also at Harvard Medical School, and a Knight Science Fellow at MIT. She was a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. She has won more than 50 journalism awards including a George Foster Peabody Award and a Science in Society award from the National Association of Science Writers. She swims competitively with U.S. Masters and sings with Boston’s Back Bay Chorale. CRISPR'd is her first novel.
Her nonfiction works include Exercise is Medicine: How Physical Activity Boosts Health and Slows Aging, which is available for purchase on Amazon, and A Nation in Pain. More information about her work is available on her website.
This virtual program is presented with support from Cambridge Trust as part of Beacon Hill Village’s Conversations With… series.
To register please click "Register Now" at top-right (a reminder to log in before registering) or call Beacon Hill Village at 617-723-9713. Meet on Zoom. BHV members, their guests, and prospective members. Free. Registrants will receive the Zoom invitation information in advance of the program.