In "The Viral Storm" award-winning biologist Nathan Wolfe - known as 'the Indiana Jones of virus hunters' for his work in jungles and rain forests across the world - shows the threat of a global pandemic is greater than we have ever imagined. "The Viral Storm" examines how viruses like HIV, swine flu, and bird flu have almost wiped us out in the ...
In "The Viral Storm" award-winning biologist Nathan Wolfe - known as 'the Indiana Jones of virus hunters' for his work in jungles and rain forests across the world - shows the threat of a global pandemic is greater than we have ever imagined. "The Viral Storm" examines how viruses like HIV, swine flu, and bird flu have almost wiped us out in the past - and may do so in the future. It explores why modern life makes us so vulnerable to global pandemics, and what new technologies can do to prevent them. Wolfe's provocative vision may leave you feeling distinctly uncomfortable - but it will reveal exactly what it is we are up against. 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 which monitors the spillover of novel infectious agents from animals into humans. Wolfe has been published in or profiled by "Nature", "Science", "The New York Times", "The New Yorker", "The Economist", "Forbes" and many others. 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. Reviews: "An excellent piece of scientific gothic, rich in descriptions of the threat we face from emerging viruses". ("Nature"). "Part autobiography, part warning ...enthralling". ("BBC Focus"). "Quietly terrifying...It's hard not to feel a bit feverish at times while reading". ("Boston Globe"). "Wolfe has an important story to tell and as a virologist at the forefront of pandemic forecasting, he is the perfect person to tell it. He explains the science clearly and never stoops to sensationalism - the evidence of our increasing vulnerability to pandemics speaks for itself". ("Guardian"). "The plague-ridden future imagined by this authoritative, measured, yet gripping book is extremely alarming". ("Sunday Times"). "Nathan Wolfe is saving the world from near-inevitable pandemic ...a kick-ass book". (Mary Roach, author of "Stiff"). "The world's most prominent virus hunter". ("New Yorker"). "A good place to start preparing for what might come". ("New Humanist").
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The Viral Storm: The dawn of a New Pandemic Age by Nathan Wolfe is a thorough synopsis of the future of viral pandemics. Nathan Wolfe reviews how the development of mankind has led us to a perfect setting for pandemics to occur. We are facing a pandemic age not seen before. Will we be ready?
Publishers Weekly, 2011-07-11 Why does the threat of pandemics seem to be growing, as with recent bird and swine flu outbreaks? With the doggedness of a medical detective, Stanford biologist Wolfe attempts in this engrossing and fast-paced chronicle of medical exploration and discovery to uncover how pandemics start, why we are now plagued by them, and what we can do to prevent them. Viruses, Wolfe points out, are ubiquitous and not all harmful; marine viruses, for example, help maintain environmental equilibrium by killing certain bacteria. Wolfe traces how human evolution has made us more vulnerable to dangerous viruses, arguing forcefully that the domestication of animals provided close contact with a small set of animals, allowing their microbes to cross over into humans and spread widely through increasingly settled and sedentary populations. He reiterates that preventing the spread of various microbes is as simple as practicing good hygiene, but he observes that such practices are impossible for much of the developing world. So he and his institute, the Global Viral Foundation, are now developing strategies such as monitoring the butchering of wild game (through which microbes could jump into humans) to better forecast and to prevent large viral outbreaks. 45 b&w illus. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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