Anne Rice - v1, Lasher

until this child started to grow in her womb and what

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Unformatted text preview: what I know about this being are the limits of what I know about us. But it is not us." "I still don't understand why it can't be a mutant." "Lark, it's far too much of a departure. It's way beyond the orbit of mutation. It's highly organized and complete in itself. It's no acci- dent. And it's just too beautifully developed as it is. Think in terms of percentages of chromosomal similarity. Man and the chimpanzee are ninety-seven percent similar. This thing is no more than forty percent similar at most. I've already run simple immunological tests on its blood which prove this. That means it diverged off the human family tree millions of years ago, if it was ever part of the human family tree. I don't think it was. I think it was another tree altogether." "But how could Rowan be the mother? I mean you can't just-" "The answer is as surprising as it is simple. Rowan also has ninety- two chromosomes. The exact same number of exons and introns. The blood, the amniotic fluid and the tissue samples she sent confirm it. I'm sure she'd figured out that much herself." &...
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