A Planet of Viruses (Paperback)

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A short, but still very informative volume on the history, uniqueness and types of viruses that live along side and inside of us. Covering the common cold, influenza, HIV, Ebola and others, this is a great starting place for those interested in virology.

— Northshire Staff

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Viruses are the smallest living things known to science, yet they hold the entire planet in their sway. We are most familiar with the viruses that give us colds or the flu, but viruses also cause a vast range of other diseases, including one disorder that makes people sprout branch-like growths as if they were trees. Viruses have been a part of our lives for so long, in fact, that "we" are actually part virus: the human genome contains more DNA from viruses than our own genes. Meanwhile, scientists are discovering viruses everywhere they look: in the soil, in the ocean, even in caves miles underground.

This fascinating book explores the hidden world of viruses a world that we all inhabit. Here Carl Zimmer, popular science writer and author of "Discover" magazine's award-winning blog "The Loom," presents the latest research on how viruses hold sway over our lives and our biosphere, how viruses helped give rise to the first life-forms, how viruses are producing new diseases, how we can harness viruses for our own ends, and how viruses will continue to control our fate for years to come. In this eye-opening tour of the frontiers of biology, where scientists are expanding our understanding of life as we know it, we learn that some treatments for the common cold do more harm than good; that the world's oceans are home to an astonishing number of viruses; and that the evolution of HIV is now in overdrive, spawning more mutated strains than we care to imagine.

The "New York Times Book Review" calls Carl Zimmer as fine a science essayist as we have. "A Planet of Viruses" is sure to please his many fans and further enhance his reputation as one of America's most respected and admired science journalists.

About the Author


Carl Zimmer is a lecturer at Yale University, where he teaches writing about science and the environment. He is the author of numerous books, including "Microcosm"; "Parasite Rex";" Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea"; "At the Water s Edge"; and "Soul Made Flesh." His numerous essays and articles on the life sciences have appeared in the pages of the "New York Times," "Scientific American," "Discover," "Time," "Science," "Popular Science," and "National Geographic." His work has been anthologized in both "The Best American Science Writing" and "The Best American Science and Nature Writing" series."


Product Details
ISBN: 9780226983363
ISBN-10: 0226983366
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: April 30th, 2012
Pages: 109
Language: English
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