When a close friend betrays Dr. Barrett Maples’ dedication to the Human Genome Project, Barrett, along with Dr. Drake Bell, are forced to shield their discovery of a previously unknown genetic marker unique to each individual on the planet and Dr. Maples is eventually driven from the field and abandons his work.
Twenty years later, Special Agent Trent Foster barges back into Barrett’s life asking for his help. The CIA twisted Barrett’s work into a weapon that uses the codon he and Drake discovered as a guidance system to deliver the human form of mad cow disease to anyone they choose. The weapon enters the target through the victim’s nostril, causing only a sneeze. Over the next several months, the target slowly loses their mind, slips into a coma, and dies. Better yet, the weapon leaves no evidence of the CIA’s involvement.
Whisked to Washington with the task of developing a cure for the biological weapon the CIA let slip out of their control, Dr. Maples knows failure means worldwide breakdown of government and complete anarchy. When the team finds a sale of the weapon has taken place right under their noses, their new directive is to mitigate the damage done by this ruthlessly efficient biological weapon before the world falls into the dark ages following a pandemic of fear-driven civil disobedience.
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