The Viral Storm

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The Viral Storm

The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age

By Nathan Wolfe

Griffin, Paperback, 9781250012210, 304pp.

Publication Date: October 16, 2012

Description

" A] quietly terrifying book. . . . It's hard not to feel a bit feverish at times while reading." "The Boston Globe"

In "The 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.



About the Author
Nathan Wolfe is the Lorry I. Lokey Visiting Professor in Human Biology at Stanford University and director of Global Viral Forecasting, a pandemic early warning system.