The Viral Storm

The Viral Storm

The Dawn of A New Pandemic Age

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"The "Indiana Jones" of virus hunters reveals the complex interactions between humans and viruses, and the threat from viruses that jump from species to species"-- Provided by publisher
"Dynamic young Stanford biologist Nathan Wolfe reveals the surprising origins of the world's most deadly viruses, and how we can overcome catastrophic pandemics. 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. Wolfe's research missions to the jungles of Africa and the rain forests of Borneo have earned him the nickname "the Indiana Jones of virus hunters," and here Wolfe 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 in the most remote areas of the world 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"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Times Books, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805091946
0805091947
Characteristics: 304 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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1aa
Feb 04, 2016

There are few images and no graphs or diagrams in the book, but the processes are well described in plain language. The book is well structured and is easy to follow and understand, notwithstanding the portions that can only be considered as bragging, and the numerous times he mentions countless other researchers and their institutions by name.

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stewstealth
May 04, 2015

This book is not very technical but does have some interesting data points. The author, who is a virologist combines the science with his own travels in Africa and Asia where the consumption of "bushmeat" can bring humans in contact with new microbes. Worth reading if you are interested.

redban Jan 12, 2015

This topic deserves 5 starts, but this book is really quite sparse; rather disappointing coming an apparently prominent virologist.

Basic epidemiology concepts are glossed over (and strangely misleading at times?). At least the overall virologist forecast is useful.

A virologist should be on top of the science because they may not have the opportunity to address the socioeconomic/political factors that have such tremendous influence on our relation with microbes. For this topic, Laurie Garrett is a good place to start. For example, her account of the recent history of invention/dictatorship in the Congo and how it facilitated the Ebola outbreak in 1995 is most insightful!

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lintonm
Oct 17, 2012

fascinating book; very accessible to the non scientist

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BlueMoonGirl
Aug 03, 2012

An intriguing look at the nature of deadly viruses and what we need to be concentrating on in the future.

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