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Viral Storm The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age

ISBN-10: 125001221X
ISBN-13: 9781250012210
Edition: N/A
Authors: Nathan Wolfe
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Description: “[A] quietly terrifying book. . . . It’s hard not to feel a bit feverish at times while reading.” —The Boston Globe InThe Viral Storm, award-winning biologist Nathan Wolfe tells the story of how viruses and human beings have evolved side by side  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.99
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/16/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

“[A] quietly terrifying book. . . . It’s hard not to feel a bit feverish at times while reading.” —The Boston Globe InThe Viral Storm, award-winning biologist Nathan Wolfe tells the story of how viruses and human beings have evolved side by side through history; how deadly viruses like HIV, swine flu, and bird flu almost wiped us out in the past; and why modern life has made our species vulnerable to the threat of a global pandemic. He takes readers along on his groundbreaking and often dangerous research trips to reveal the surprising origins of the most deadly diseases and to explain the role that viruses have played in human evolution.In a world where each new outbreak seems worse than the one before, Wolfe points the way forward, as new technologies are brought to bear to neutralize these viruses and even harness their power for the good of humanity. His provocative vision of the future will change the way we think about viruses, and perhaps remove a potential threat to humanity's survival.

Nathan Wolfeis the Lorry I. Lokey Visiting Professor in Human Biology at Stanford University and Director of Global Viral Forecasting, a pandemic early warning system which monitors the spillover of novel infectious agents from animals into humans. Wolfe has been published in or profiled byNature,Science,The New York Times,The New Yorker,The Economist,Wired,Discover,Scientific American, NPR,Popular Science,Seed, andForbes. Wolfe was the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship in 1997 and was awarded the National Institutes of Health (NIH) International Research Scientist Development Award in 1999 and the prestigious NIH Director's Pioneer Award in 2005.

Introduction
Gathering Clouds
The Viral Planet
The Hunting Ape
The Great Microbe Bottleneck
Churn, Churn, Churn
The Tempest
The First Pandemic
One World
The Intimate Species
Viral Rush
The Forecast
Virus Hunters
Microbe Forecasting
The Gentle Virus
The Last Plague
Sources
Acknowledgments
Index

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