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11. Oktober 2011
Do you think you know all about the risk of a global pandemic? The threat could be far greater than we had ever imagined. In this important new book, award-winning biologist Nathan Wolfe examines the world of viruses and points the way forward, examining how new technologies can be brought to bear in the most remote areas of the world to neutralize these viruses and even harness their power for the good of humanity. Wolfe's research missions to the jungles of Africa and the rain forests of Borneo have earned him the nickname 'the Indiana Jones of virus hunters', and here he takes readers along on his groundbreaking and often dangerous research trips to reveal the surprising origins of the most deadly diseases and to explain the role that viruses have played in human evolution. In The Viral Storm, Wolfe tells the story of how viruses and human beings have evolved side by side through history; how deadly viruses like HIV, swine flu, and bird flu almost wiped us out in the past; and why modern life has made our species vulnerable to the threat of a global pandemic. His provocative vision of the future will change the way we think about viruses, and may even remove a potential threat to the survival of humanity itself.
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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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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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3.0 von 5 Sternen 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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4.0 von 5 Sternen 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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1.0 von 5 Sternen 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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2.0 von 5 Sternen 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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Certainly puts it in perspective 25. Oktober 2011
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Nathan Wolfe succeeds in explaining and justifying why a combination of circumstances is increasing the likelihood of more regular future pandemics, without necessarily reducing their potential impact. It was great to be provided with a detailed understanding of what viruses are and how they work. The final chapter puts forward some very interesting technological strategies for mitigating the risk and improving preparedness - I wish Nathan and his contempories the best of luck with their future endeavours.

Prior to reading this book (as a keen poker player), I had assumed that there was about a 25/1 chance of there being a pandemic each year - based on events in the last 100 years - perhaps with a 4/1 chance of this being severe. However, after reading this book, I think my odds are somewhat optimistic. I'm not ready to cash in my chips just yet but I'll certainly be spending a bit more time on contingency planning!
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