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Jackson Hart, a brilliant graduate student interning at the Barrister Institute, discovers a new, never before seen single cell organism in his biology class at Waterston University while studying ice core samples. Jack takes the sample back to Barrister for study given the state of the art research equipment they have there.
They discover the organism binds to zinc beryllium silicate to form a new, bio-elemental compound ZnMBe which feeds on hemoglobin. Further study using live animal specimens finds the material not only kills its host at the cellular level, it causes a cell mutation that seeks out new sources of blood and host reanimation, causing a "zombie effect". Before they fully realize what's happening, the animals begin infecting humans. And the carnage begins.
Now Jack must race against time to find a cure before it’s too late and the compound escapes containment.