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The Viral Storm: The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age

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en Limba Engleză Paperback – 16 Oct 2012
"[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.
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9781250012210
ISBN-10: 125001221X
Pagini: 304
Dimensiuni: 141 x 212 x 26 mm
Greutate: 0.31 kg
Editura: GRIFFIN

Recenzii

"By turns terrifying and comforting, "The Viral Storm" is a clear, riveting account of the threat of undiscovered viruses. They lurk in the blood of primates killed for bush meat, poised to hitchhike on global travelers, reaching major cities and blood supplies before there's even time to name them. Nathan Wolfe is saving the world from near-inevitable pandemic. That he had time to write a kick-ass book on top of all that makes me want to smack him."--Mary Roach, author of "Stiff" and "Packing for Mars"
"Nathan Wolfe brilliantly explores the threat of pandemics, how they occur and why we should care. This book offers a warning--but also hope--to us all. The next pandemic is coming. How we deal with it is up to us. This is must reading for anyone who cares about their health, the health of their families and civilization as we know it."--Jeff Skoll, first President of eBay, Founder and Chairman of Participant Media, and Founder and Chairman, Skoll Global Threats Fund
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"Wolfe's message is both compelling and timely... Wolfe graphically illustrates how viruses can hitchhike their way from benign passenger to poison, from lone gunman to mass murderer. Luckily he and his international microbiologist cohorts are hot onto ways not only to track viral outbreaks and head them off but also convert them into human helpers--vaccines."--"Booklist"
"Highly recommend for all readers. This important book should be read by anyone wanting to stay informed on how global medical issues affect us all."--"Library Journal"
"From a well-traveled virologist, an eloquent argument for why we need better ways to predict and thus prevent major disease outbreaks... Wolfe's wide experience confronting killer diseases in Africa and Asia makes for important, graphic reading and underscores his passion for prevention."--"Kirkus Reviews"
"[An] engrossing and fast-paced chronicle of medical exploration and discovery."--"Publishers Weekly"
"By turns terrifying and comf

" ""[An] engrossing and fast-paced chronicle of medical exploration and discovery."--"Publishers Weekly"
"Startling in its revelations of just how vulnerable we are to infectious outbreaks."--"Book Page"
"Wolfe's message is both compelling and timely... Wolfe graphically illustrates how viruses can hitchhike their way from benign passenger to poison, from lone gunman to mass murderer. Luckily he and his international microbiologist cohorts are hot onto ways not only to track viral outbreaks and head them off but also convert them into human helpers--vaccines."--"Booklist"
"Highly recommend for all readers. This important book should be read by anyone wanting to stay informed on how global medical issues affect us all."--"Library Journal"
"From a well-traveled virologist, an eloquent argument for why we need better ways to predict and thus prevent major disease outbreaks... Wolfe's wide experience confronting killer diseases in Africa and Asia makes for important, graphic read

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"An excellent piece of scientific gothic, rich in descriptions of the threat we face from emerging viruses and how we might prevent them from becoming pandemic. . . . This enjoyable, well researched and thought-provoking book shows that [Wolfe] has a clear vision of how pandemics occur in human populations."--"Nature""[An] engrossing and fast-paced chronicle of medical exploration and discovery."--"Publishers Weekly"
"Startling in its revelations of just how vulnerable we are to infectious outbreaks."--"Book Page"
"Wolfe's message is both compelling and timely... Wolfe graphically illustrates how viruses can hitchhike their way from benign passenger to poison, from lone gunman to mass murderer. Luckily he and his international microbiologist cohorts are hot onto ways not only to track viral outbreaks and head them off but also convert them into human helpers--vaccines."--"Booklist"
"Highly recommend for all readers. This important book should be read by anyone wanting to

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"[A] quietly terrifying book. . . . It's hard not to feel a bit feverish at times while reading."--"The Boston Globe"
"One of the world's foremost virus hunters."--"Financial Times"
"Wolfe makes a convincing case for the [viral pandemic] threat. . . . Sometimes the scariest thrillers are those that could play out in real life."--"Science News"
"An excellent piece of scientific gothic, rich in descriptions of the threat we face from emerging viruses and how we might prevent them from becoming pandemic. . . . This enjoyable, well researched and thought-provoking book shows that [Wolfe] has a clear vision of how pandemics occur in human populations."--"Nature""[An] engrossing and fast-paced chronicle of medical exploration and discovery."--"Publishers Weekly"
"Startling in its revelations of just how vulnerable we are to infectious outbreaks."--"Book Page"
"Wolfe's message is both compelling and timely... Wolfe graphically illustrates how viruses can hitchhike their way from benign passenger to poison, from lone gunman to mass murderer. Luckily he and his international microbiologist cohorts are hot onto ways not only to track viral outbreaks and head them off but also convert them into human helpers--vaccines."--"Booklist"
"Highly recommend for all readers. This important book should be read by anyone wanting to stay informed on how global medical issues affect us all."--"Library Journal"
"From a well-traveled virologist, an eloquent argument for why we need better ways to predict and thus prevent major disease outbreaks... Wolfe's wide experience confronting killer diseases in Africa and Asia makes for important, graphic reading and underscores his passion for prevention."--"Kirkus Reviews"
"By turns terrifying and comforting, "The Viral Storm" is a clear, riveting account of the threat of undiscovered viruses. They lurk in the blood of primates killed for bush meat, poised to hitchhike on global travelers, reaching major cities and blood supp

Notă biografică

NATHAN WOLFE is the Lorry I. Lokey Visiting Professor in Human Biology at Stanford University and the founder and CEO of Global Viral Forecasting, an independent research institute devoted to early detection and control of epidemics. He holds degrees from Stanford and Harvard and has been published in or profiled by "Nature," "Science," "The New York Times," "The New Yorker," "The Economist," "Wired," "Discover," "Scientific American," NPR, "Popular Science," " Seed," and "Forbes." In 2011 he was named one of "Time" magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. He lives in San Francisco.