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Virusphere : From Common Colds to Ebola Epidemics - Why We Need the Viruses that Plague Us - Frank Ryan

Virusphere

From Common Colds to Ebola Epidemics - Why We Need the Viruses that Plague Us

Paperback Published: 2nd April 2019
ISBN: 9780008296681
Number Of Pages: 288

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A fascinating and long overdue examination of viruses – from what they are and what they do, to the vital role they have played in human history.

What are viruses? Do they rely on genes, like all other forms of life? Do they follow the same patterns of evolution as plants and animals? Frank Ryan answers these questions and many more in a sweeping tour of illnesses caused by viruses. For example, the common cold, measles, chicken pox, herpes and mumps, rubella, as well as less familiar examples, such as rabies, ‘breakbone' fever, haemorrhagic fevers like Ebola, and virus-induced cancers.

Along the way, readers will learn about the behaviours and ultimate goals of viruses, gaining a deeper understanding of their importance in relation to the origins and the evolution of life, as well as they ways viruses have changed us at the most intimate level, to help make us quintessentially human.

About the Author

Frank Ryan is a consultant physician based in Sheffield, and an honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences at the University of Sheffield. He is also an international best-selling writer. His book, Tuberculosis: The Greatest Story Never Told, was a New York Times Book of the Year while Darwin's Blind Spot was the 'Amazon Featured Book' recommended by Charlie Munger at the 2003 Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting. He pioneered the evolutionary concepts of 'viral symbiosis' and 'genomic creativity' and has contributed to the modern understanding of the evolution of the human genome. He is a Fellow of The Royal College of Physicians, the Royal Society of Medicine and the Linnean Society of London.

Industry Reviews

'Extremely well written ... Frank Ryan has the page-turning and spine-chilling ability of a good novelist'
Sunday Telegraph

'Ryan is very good at making technical matters comprehensible to the lay reader, but more impressive still is the away he conveys the intellectual excitement and elation of scientific discovery'
Literary Review

ISBN: 9780008296681
ISBN-10: 0008296685
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 2nd April 2019
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.3  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.33

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