By Carl Zimmer
Viruses are the smallest dwelling issues recognized to technological know-how, but they carry the whole 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 unlimited diversity of different illnesses, together with one illness that makes humans sprout branch-like growths as though they have been bushes. Viruses were part of our lives for therefore lengthy, in truth, that we are literally half virus: the human genome comprises extra DNA from viruses than our personal genes. in the meantime, scientists are getting to know viruses far and wide they give the impression of being: within the soil, within the ocean, even in caves miles underground.
This interesting ebook explores the hidden international of viruses—a global that all of us inhabit. right here Carl Zimmer, well known technology author and writer of Discover magazine’s award-winning web publication The Loom, offers the newest study 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 illnesses, how we will harness viruses for our personal ends, and the way viruses will proceed to manage our destiny for future years. during this eye-opening journey of the frontiers of biology, the place scientists are increasing our knowing of existence as we all know it, we examine that a few remedies for the typical chilly do extra damage than solid; that the world’s oceans are domestic to an fabulous variety of viruses; and that the evolution of HIV is now in overdrive, spawning extra mutated lines than we care to imagine.
The New York occasions ebook Review calls Carl Zimmer “as high quality a technology essayist as we have.” A Planet of Viruses is certain to thrill his many fanatics and extra increase his acceptance as certainly one of America’s Most worthy and well-liked technology journalists.
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