This answer is not found within a species or genus of monkey. Nor on Madagascar. A telomere is the protective tip at the end of cell chromosomes, involved in controlling cell life. And death. A nobel prize was awarded in 2009 for scientific strides in telomere biology: how the chromosomes can be copied in a complete way during cell divisions and how they are protected against degradation. The Nobel Laureates showed that the solution is to be found in the ends of the chromosomes – the telomeres – and in an enzyme that forms them – telomerase. Elizabeth Blackburn and Jack Szostak discovered that a unique DNA sequence in the telomeres protects the chromosomes from degradation.
Taming the Telomeres (TTT) is a fiction thriller that examines the vast commercial potential of telomere research to the world’s super powers. The value of extending human life even 15% is mind boggling, and biological spying on these advances is hardly surprising.
While not about taming monkeys on Madagascar, TTT won the 2015 Gold Award for top fiction thriller in the Readers Favorite Int’l. Book contest, and was the lone medalist in the New Apple Literary Awards for ebook fiction thriller also.
Some call TTT a biological thriller, or a medical thriller. Amanda Michaels is the lone survivor of a jet crash that killed all aboard. Except her. She comes to learn that she possesses biological secrets that covert agents will kill over.