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Nathan Wolfe is the Lorry I. Lokey Visiting Professor in Human Biology at Stanford University. He is founder and CEO of Metabiota, a for-profit company that specializes in microbiological research, products, and services. He is also Founder and Chairman of Global Viral, a nonprofit that promotes visa mer understanding exploration, and published in or profiled by Nature, Science, The New York The New Yorker, The Economist, Wired, Discover, 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. visa färre

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Wolfe graduated from Stanford in 1993 and went on to earn a doctorate in Immunology & Infectious Diseases at Harvard in 1998. One year later the National Institutes of Health (NIH) honored him with an International Research Scientist Development Award and in 2005 he received the prestigious NIH Director’s Pioneer Award.

Wolfe has spent over eight years in Southeast Asia (Malaysia) and sub-Saharan Africa (Uganda, Cameroon) utilizing active field research and mathematical algorithms to target and prevent what he calls the next pandemic. Due to the high rate of exchange of novel infectious agents between non-human species and humans, this mission is of particular interest to the Global Viral Forecasting Initiative (GVFI) which he founded in 2007. GVFI has shown through extensive research that the most devastating diseases originate in animals, a concept most clearly illustrated by Wolfe’s seminal discovery of the natural transmission of retroviruses between primates and humans.

Recently, Nathan Wolfe’s interests have taken him into the heart of Africa where he has documented the unsanitary slaughter and consumption of bushmeat in local villages, a practice that influenced his authorship of A Viral Storm: The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age. Wolfe writes that in using modern technologies, scientists and researchers can track down the source and nature of a possible viral outbreak. He argues that the innovations making diseases so readily transmittable are the same ones that can readily prevent them from spreading.

In A Viral Storm, he takes readers along on his groundbreaking and often dangerous research trips to reveal origins of deadly diseases and to explain the role that viruses have played in human evolution.

Currently, Dr. Wolfe teaches Human Biology as the Lorry I. Lokey Visiting Professor at Stanford University and acts as the Director of the Global Viral Forecasting Initiative. Recent accolades include being named one of Popular Science’s ‘Brilliant 10’, becoming a member of Rolling Stone’s ‘Top 100 Agents of Change’, and being designated as one of National Geographic’s Emerging Explorers.



Good information. A survey of the field largely in layman’s terms. And introduces the characters whom we now trust to lead us through the COVID pandemic. The narrator’s voice, however, is too nightly news for the time of this book and a distraction.

I was most intrigued by the connection between viruses and behavioral change (rabies, cat ladies, cats, etc) and the connection being explored between viruses and devastating mental illness. Best wishes to the researchers at JHU. What a comfort it will be to those who suffer if they crack that nut, no pun intended.… (mer)
NeelieOB | 9 andra recensioner | Jan 20, 2024 |
I am not sure what the central premise was, behind this book by Richard Preston. On the whole, I was disappointed by the book.

I had the impression that Richard Preston was more intent in talking about himself, and less about the spread of viruses and disease. The book was full of anecdotes and stories. While entertaining, it did not serve the stated purpose of informing us how, and why, we will are faced with the prospect of an increasing number of pandemics.

The section on the tools being developed to help us predict pandemics was vague. Finally, he did not discuss the societal and sociological aspects that impact the spread of disease.

This is a disappointing book.
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RajivC | 9 andra recensioner | Jun 5, 2020 |
Is it normal to read a book about viruses and pandemics when in the midst of a pandemic? No? I know that many around me are anxious, and for valid reasons, but I wanted more factual information about what we might be up against. I haven't studied science since the early 1980's and so didn't want to read anything *too* technical.

This book is about 1/3 factual, 2/3 memoir and very readable. Some basic information about viruses is given, followed by the various paths of virus transmission - both physical (through blood, bodily fluids, droplets, etc.) and socially (population density, travel, proximity to hunting of animals, etc). The author's experiences and opinions are intermixed. At the time of the writing the author was working methods to catch potential pandemics early and even had his own organization (Global Viral Forecasting) to do so. Looks like that organization took some new directions in 2019.

Favorite quote: "Assuming that living in one location or courting a certain quality of life makes you immune from the risk of a pandemic is wrong." You said it Nathan. I didn't see this one coming (even with the news coming out of Wuhan in January 2020) and neither did a lot of people.
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SilverKitty | 9 andra recensioner | Apr 10, 2020 |
well written and full of research. I liked Spillover better (the author of the book does quote Wolfe's work) due to its accessibility.
AnnaHernandez | 9 andra recensioner | Oct 17, 2019 |



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