The Viral Storm, By Nathan Wolfe
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books 2013, and the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014.
Saturday 24 November 2012
What interests Wolfe is microbes – those invisible organisms that cover every surface of the earth and can cause greater catastrophe than a Tsunami in the form of viral pandemics.
We learn how some viruses are programmed to spread, others to kill, and a third and deadliest variety determined to do both. Wolfe's message is both that we are more vulnerable to pandemics in the modern world and that technology is better able to detect them.
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