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By Carl Zimmer
Viruses are the smallest residing issues recognized to technology, but they carry the total planet of their sway. we're such a lot conversant in the viruses that supply us colds or the flu, yet viruses additionally reason an enormous variety of different ailments, together with one affliction that makes humans sprout branch-like growths as though they have been timber. Viruses were part of our lives for thus lengthy, actually, that we are literally half virus: the human genome comprises extra DNA from viruses than our personal genes. in the meantime, scientists are learning viruses in every single place they appear: within the soil, within the ocean, even in caves miles underground.
This attention-grabbing booklet explores the hidden international of viruses—a international that all of us inhabit. right here Carl Zimmer, renowned technology author and writer of Discover magazine’s award-winning weblog The Loom, provides the newest learn on how viruses carry sway over our lives and our biosphere, how viruses helped supply upward push to the 1st life-forms, how viruses are generating new ailments, how we will be able to harness viruses for our personal ends, and the way viruses will proceed to regulate our destiny for years yet to come. during this eye-opening travel of the frontiers of biology, the place scientists are increasing our knowing of existence as we all know it, we research that a few remedies for the typical chilly do extra damage than reliable; that the world’s oceans are domestic to an astounding variety of viruses; and that the evolution of HIV is now in overdrive, spawning extra mutated traces than we care to imagine.
The New York occasions publication Review calls Carl Zimmer “as superb a technological know-how essayist as we have.” A Planet of Viruses is bound to delight his many enthusiasts and additional increase his acceptance as considered one of America’s most dear and widespread technological know-how journalists.
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A Planet of Viruses by Carl Zimmer