The book I originally heard on tape, but remember reading it but cannot remember the name. It starts with someone in a submarine or diving in the ocean where he becomes trapped by an underwater rock slide or some type of accident and the person in charge of the expedition asks about the rocks. The line I remember specifically from the the book was "I'm going to die down here, and he's asking about the F**king rocks."
Later on in the story, there are people doing research on a space station where they're trying to find the answer to some virus or plague that has hit the earth. The find that by simulating that you're pregnant stops the virus (they found this out because a female rat was pregnant).
Anyway, I can't remember the name of the book, and I've been searching for years. Any help is greatly appreciated.