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The world's most prominent virus hunter ... Nathan Wolfe's life conforms more to the pattern of a nineteenth-century explorer than to that of a twenty-first-century biologist (New Yorker )

What sets Wolfe apart is his swashbuckling style - he chooses to do most of his work in the field - combined with a flair for communication and negotiation (Nature ) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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Nathan Wolfe is the Lorry I. Lokey Visiting Professor in Human Biology at Stanford University and Director of Global Viral Forecasting, a pandemic early warning system which monitors the spillover of novel infectious agents from animals into humans. Wolfe has been published in or profiled by Nature, Science, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Economist, Wired, Discover, Scientific American, NPR, Popular Science, Seed, and Forbes. Wolfe was the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship in 1997 and was awarded the National Institutes of Health (NIH) International Research Scientist Development Award in 1999 and the prestigious NIH Director's Pioneer Award in 2005. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ernst Gerold am 12. Februar 2012
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Nathan Wolfe - in der Laienpresse als der "Indiana Jones" der Virologie betitelt - hat ein nettes Buch über Viren unter dem Pandemie-Gesichtspunkt geschrieben.

Die Sprache ist glasklar - es wird "englisch" gesprochen, nicht "molekularbiologisch", "virologisch" oder "biochemisch".

Der eine oder andere Gesichtspunkt wird aus "dramaturgischen Gründen" vielleicht zu sehr vereinfacht; hauptsächlich, wenn es um die Vorhersagbarkeit von Pandemien geht - hier könnten nicht-erfüllbare Erwartungen geweckt werden. Dies könnte im Extremfall zur Freigabe von Forschungsgeldern für Projekte führen, die nicht zur obersten Kategorie gehören (das ist auch der Grund für mein Eingangszitat) ...

Dennoch: Solche Bücher sind kein "geistiges Leergut" - sie werden benötigt, speziell um allen interessierten Laien die Möglichkeit zu eröffnen, einen ersten Einblick in komplexe Fragestellungen, die wirklich jeden betreffen, zu erlangen und zum Nachdenken anzuregen.
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obwohl er eigentlich auf den ersten Blick ein Fachthema beschreibt. Jedenfalls wasche ich mir häufiger die Hände als vor der Lektüre.
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Not really what I expected 18. November 2011
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More of a Nathan Wolfe Autobiography / Primate Evolution book than anything else. Not to say that it isn't interesting in it's own right (and Dr. Wolfe has certainly had an amazing career), but this is far from what I expected based on the summaries. He also seems to focus on other infectious agents as much as viruses and more on how to monitor them than their history or pandemic potential. While reading the first 100 pages or so I was pretty sure I picked up a book about primate behavior instead of viruses. That's a bit much for a book of less than 250 pages total.

I personally didn't find it very engaging but it's not bad book by any means. Just don't be mislead by the title.
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The first 35 pages are worth the price of the book 24. Dezember 2011
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I know enough about my fascination with viruses to know, as a non-scientist, my curiosity about them has more to do with philosophy than medicine but that may well be yet another reason for biologists (for just one group) to be equally ensnared by their subject.

The Virus, for its opportunism in the extreme (parasitical is too meager a description) and because its very nature is controversial (is it Life or isn't it? I agree with his footnote on the bottom of pg.8) can appear to be such a vast topic that no one author can be expected to resolve or ask or even comprehend all the questions. Wolfe, in his first 35 pages, does at least try - and it remains my favorite section of the book - his amazement with these microscopic life(?)forms is so engaging that if you didn't have a respect for them before you will have afterwards. And, if the next 300 or so pages that come after it were just "so-so" for me that is not the fault of Wolfe, he has a wide readership to appeal to and just because I am not particularly interested in bureaucracies, who got what grant to do what and where does not mean that these aren't valid sections for millions of others.

But those first 35 pages, yes, they are heady indeed, Wolfe is delightful in both his recognition of just what makes these viruses so shocking and where we fit in their world (ie."our bodies are their habitats," p.27), and his conclusion in the first chapter, (Viral Planet) says it all: the viral world is the "new world," the last frontier of undiscovered life on our planet."

Perhaps it is the Lewis Thomas phenomena, a flashpoint where scientist and non-scientist can co-exist in a mutual relationship of shared passion, be it horror or admiration, or both? There is much to admire in what a Virus is, or has been, or will be, and if I took nothing else away from Wolfe's book it is that "we" are (numerically) a speck of life within a planetary Viral soup. These life forms are so relentlessly efficient, competent and resourceful that even bacteria (which we tend to think of as quite accomplished all on their own) are covered in viruses! And it goes far beyond just the numbers, "we" are not as dominant as we like to think we are, and Wolfe's presentation of the Viral world inverted or turned inside out my naive and humanistic vanity that on this planet "we" are the masters. We survive because it suits the Virus to help or even make sure that we survive; even the health of the oceans and other aquatic regions are dependent upon viruses to reduce and recycle carbon by destroying bacteria there; as with carbon itself, without viruses "we" would not be here either.

Aside from these initial pages I also found worthy discussions on bioterrorism and "bioerror" (see chap.8 Viral Rush) and the Gentle Virus (chap.11) which just reinforces my analogy that we are closer to being the non-thinking but accommodating host than they are haphazard non-cognitive scraps of DNA/RNA parasite!

Give the first 35 pages a good read, and be prepared to lose that sense of superiority over these titans of the microscopic world.
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Very interesting science, overwhelmed by his ego 29. Januar 2012
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Look I very much wanted to love this book. For a physician, this area is fascinating and current and Nathan Wolfe interviewed is a wonder to behold for popularizing these fascinating ideas. In print though, he is far too self referential about his admittedly brilliant career. He has certainly had the good fortune to hit upon a topic and approach that will get grant/government/investor money in perpetuity. But after your gold plated academic credentials are made clear on the back page, keep yourself out of it and credit your mentors and collaborators more than yourself. Champion the ideas not yourself. The ideas are compelling, his potential solutions creative but utterly awash in ego. There can be a fine line between cutting edge brilliance and huckster self-promotion and this book sits on that razor's edge. When you pass from scientist to rock star celebrity your credibility can plummet cf Carl Sagan. These are marvelous ideas and research....
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A huge disappointment 1. Mai 2012
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This book reads more like the cover letter of an insecure person applying for a job. It seemed like Nathan's primary concern is that you know how elite the institutions are where he has worked, and that he label every single person in his field as his colleague. I've never seen so much name-dropping in a science book. He also glosses over really interesting topics in a single paragraph. There is very little scientific information in this book. Nathan even admits that he's obsessed with how diseases can jump from wild animals to hunters. It's an important topic, but he beats it to death just because it makes for dramatic imagery.

I learned about this book and Parasite Rex by Carl Zimmer through Radio Lab. I recommend anything and everything Carl Zimmer has written and to skip The Viral Storm. The tiny amount that you'll learn about viruses in The Viral Storm you'll read about in Parasite Rex but in so much greater detail, plus fascinating stories about many other parasites. I've bought copies of Parasite Rex to give away to people but I wouldn't recommend The Viral Storm to anyone.
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Overpromises and underdelivers 5. Juni 2012
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This book and author have great potential. The topic is interesting, the author clearly a leader in the field and well-connected into what is happening currently in the area of virus and viral research. I ordered it after hearing an interview on NPR, where he was articulate and very interesting.

There are some significant weaknesses in this book:
* it is repetitive. Like Jared Diamond's second book, it repeats key themes in several intelligent audience does not need to be hit over the head repeatedly that the change in accessibility (roads and travel) have also enabled viruses to travel faster and further. I suspect the editor dumbed the book down, based on how articulate the author seemed to be on the radio, or someone ghostwrote the book for him. Unfortunate.
* The author touches on some interesting subjects and does not complete the analysis, such as when he indicates he is going to provide a definitive review of the AIDS spread and then after he touches on how it jumped species and how access to roads in Africa enabled the spread (plus brief mention of mens camps) does not even touch on the spread in the US and Europe and how cultural changes and norms contributed. It feels as though he shies away from anything that could be controversial or political in the aspect of sexual preference and behavior.
* he uses sensationalistic photos and stories that do not contribute to the theme or science, for example when he tells the story of some unethical monkey research and shows a picture of a snake that had been caughts as a result of eating the monkey. It does not contribute in any meaningful way to the story and seems more sensationalistic. He similarly describes surgery of mens testicals in a story that seems more digression and sensation than illustrative.
* Throughout, he drops the names and often pictures of some renouwn scientists he's benefitting from working with and from, which is impressive, but it has the flavor of name-dropping rather than recognition. AND, of the photos used, when he references on female scientist (who apparently displays flair in the field) he shows her using a motorcycle mirror to apply make-up, which has no link to her science or contributions. The male scientists depicted throughout are shown engaged in research.

There were some really interesting gems throughout (like the topic of crazy cat lady symtoms potentially caused by virus) but the book overpromised and underdelivered as a serious look at pandemic potential.
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