"I realized there was a heavy-duty change coming in biology, and I could write a really compelling novel about catastrophic evolution, punctuated equilibrium."
In the future world of Millennium the human genome has degenerated to the point where the lifespan has actually decreased, regardless of advances in medical technology.
This passage is in the voice of Louise Baltimore, one of the novel's protagonists. The future has given her something of a cynical attitude.
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