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Dynamic young Stanford biologist Nathan Wolfe reveals the surprising origins of the world's most deadly viruses, and how we can overcome catastrophic pandemics.

Full Synopsis
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 listeners 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.

"By turns terrifying and comforting, The Viral Storm is a clear, riveting account of the threat of undiscovered viruses" ---Mary Roach, author of Stiff

"A top fall science book." ---Library Journal

"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." ---Publishers Weekly

"Robertson Dean's baritone voice adds to the gravity of this book…He shifts smoothly from Wolfe's anecdotes of firsthand experiences to the scientific exposition, knowing how to pace each for listener comprehension." ---AudioFile

The Viral Storm

The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age

Author Nathan Wolfe

Narrated by Robertson Dean

Publication date Oct 11, 2011

Running time 8 hrs

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