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A Planet of Viruses

Why one of the best science thinkers alive says viruses are essential for life

By Carl Zimmer
10-minute read
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A Planet of Viruses by Carl Zimmer

A Planet of Viruses (2011) takes you on a whirlwind tour into the hidden world of viruses. You’ll discover how our understanding of these tiny, abundant organisms has evolved over time and how our lives are influenced by them, from their power to kill to their protective properties.

  • Anyone curious about where diseases come from
  • Anyone interested in biology
  • Anyone interested in the science behind medical treatments of viruses

Carl Zimmer is a columnist for the New York Times and a lecturer at Yale University, where he teaches how to write about science and the environment. He writes for National Geographic and is the author of thirteen books, including Parasite Rex and Microcosm.

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