David Quammen

LIFE ON THE FRONT LINES OF VIROLOGY

The next great plague is out there, probably in a chimpanzee or a chicken, waiting to make the leap to humans. In his new book, Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic, science writer David Quammen patrols the boundary between animal and human health, where microbial threats are emerging faster than ever

TIME: Why are we so transfixed by the threat of emerging diseases?

Quammen: Well, we know that previous big ones have been very big. There are so many humans on the planet now--7 billion of us--and we live interconnected with one another. If we're pressing ever more insistently...

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