Following up on last week's introduction of my new blog feature, a can't-miss plot free for the taking, get a load of *this*:
Between the late 40s and 1961, mentally retarded children institutionalized at the Fernand State School in Massachusetts were exposed to radiation, having been enticed into the experiment with extra milk and membership in a "science club." This was done in the interest of scientific inquiry, and it was federally sponsored, an effort to determine the effects of radiation on the body in anticipation of nuclear war with the Soviet Union.
Anyone want to take a stab at that? I'm thinking thriller, probably with a contemporary element.
(the source of this information is a fascinating book by Todd Tucker called THE GREAT STARVATION EXPERIMENT, which I heartily recommend.)