Methuselah Gene
A Science Fiction Adventure Thriller

By Sal DeStefano
Mar. 2000
ISBN: 1-891696-10-6
340 p.
$24.95 Cloth


In New Jersey's Barnegat Bay, two boys stumble upon a lethal marine predator that possesses remarkable healing and life-extension genes. Dr. Allen J. Johnson, a plant geneticist, finds that this animal's mutation may save the life of his son, who has an inoperable brain tumor. But Dr. Johnson must first confront a covert government agency determined to keep the life-extending genes a secret, as well as several ruthless men who will stop at nothing - including murder - to exploit the animal's mutations for their own selfish purposes.

Our first release in the New Millennium Writers Series, The Methuselah Gene is perfect marriage of truth and lore for any reader seeking a glimpse of what biogenetics will undoubtedly offer humankind in the new millennium. Sal DeStefano leaves you convinced his story could have as well been fact as fantasy.


"This blend of thriller and science fiction proves hard to put down ... a fast-paced plot with strong characterization and subplots which tie together well."
-Midwest Book Review, April 2000

"DeStefano skillfully weaves a fast-paced, emotionally thrilling novel. Masterful!"
-Ocean County Observer, Toms River, N.J., Dec. 12, 1999

"The Methuselah Gene is a fast-paced tale of devotion, drama and intrigue that thrills the reader while exploring the fascinating worlds of genetic engineering and cancer therapy. In this riveting story, Sal DeStefano entertains and educates his audience, highlighting the promise of modern biology to understand and treat disease."
-Catherine Bansbach, Ph.D., Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

"The author mixes a blend of reality and fantasy to create a wonderful read. The oceans are the last undiscovered frontier; no one knows the potential of what lies beneath the surface - new animals, disease-curing chemicals, and medical products are all possible."
-Robert W. Fournier Jr.
Director, Animal Husbandry, New Jersey State Aquarium

"The perfect marriage of science fact and story-telling, blending excellent character development with non-stop action."
-Peter Amoroso, U.S. Merchant Marine

Sal DeStefano Sal DeStefano grew up in Hicksville, Long Island, N.Y., and received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the State University of New York in 1978. He received an MBA from New York University in 1982 and a law degree from St. John's University in 1985. He is a partner in a New Jersey real estate agency and serves as the firm's underwriting counsel. He lives with his wife and three children in Succasunna, N.J. Mr. DeStefano's interest in biotechnology as a weapon against cancer and aging is particularly personal. When he was 13, his father succumbed to leukemia. When he was 20, his mother died from pancreatic cancer. His extensive research in writing this book has led him to believe that in the near future DNA technology will increase life expectancy and cure most forms of cancer.

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