Virus X: Understanding the Real Threat of New Pandemic Plagues: Understanding the Real Threat of the New Pandemic Plagues

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9780006384557: Virus X: Understanding the Real Threat of New Pandemic Plagues: Understanding the Real Threat of the New Pandemic Plagues

The book on the new global enemy – killer diseases that are migrating and developing around the world and that are resistant to all our normal forms of medicine.

Throughout history, plagues have caused more death and terror than war or any other calamity. Our discovery of antibiotics which counter bacterial infection and vaccines against viruses led to confidence in the 1960s and 1970s that the threat of epidemic infection was over. In 1980 this comforting illusion was shattered by the arrival of Aids. But Aids is just one of many emerging viruses for which we have, as yet, no cure. Even the old plagues – TB, cholera, bubonic plague – are making a comeback, resistant, now, to our drugs.

Frank Ryan, a leading authority on disease, has asked experts from around the world to explain where these viruses come from and how they become so lethally strong. He puts forward a radical new biological theory for the origins and successes of plague viruses. Full of vivid despatches from the front line of research and medicine, Virus X is terrifying and essential reading.

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‘Extremely well written… Frank Ryan has the page-turning and spine-chilling ability of a good novelist’
Matt Ridley, Sunday Telegraph

‘Compelling and frightening… the plot could not be bettered’
Michael Smith, Scotsman

‘Very good at making technical matters comprehensible to the lay reader but more impressive still is the way he conveys the intellectual excitement and elation of scientific discovery’
Anthony Daniels, Literary Review

‘Ryan takes us through the drama of discovery and challenges the notion that certain questions are too appalling to contemplate’
David Bradley, New Scientist

‘Ryan’s book should have a great appeal to non-scientists and could become a significant instrument in policy formation… spellbinding, intellectually adventurous, difficult to put down’
Valerius Geist, Nature

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In the 1980s our comforting illusion that we had conquered plagues through our discovery of vaccines and antibiotics was shattered by the arrival of AIDS. But AIDS is just one of the many emerging viruses for which we have, as yet, no cure. Even the old plagues – TB, cholera, bubonic plague – are making a comeback, resistant now to our drugs.

Frank Ryan, a leading authority on disease, describes the groundbreaking research of the world’s leading experts in the field to show both where these viruses come from and how they become so lethally strong, and advances a radical new biological theory for the origins and successes of plague viruses. Full of vivid despatches from the front line of research and medicine, 'Virus X' is terrifying and essential reading for anyone interested in the future of the human race.

“Extremely well written…Frank Ryan has the page-turning and spine-chilling ability of a good novelist”
MATT RIDLEY, 'Sunday Telegraph'

“Compelling and frightening…the plot could not be bettered”
MICHAEL SMITH, 'Scotsman'

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

“Ryan takes us through the drama of discovery and challenges the notion that certain questions are too appalling to contemplate”
DAVID BRADLEY, 'New Scientist'

“Dr Ryan writes well in a difficult technical field, weaving the technicalities of scientific history, medicine, molecular biology and evolution into the human narratives…very readable and disturbing”
JOHN R.G. TURNER, 'New York Times'

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