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on 20 May 2013
This is an interesting little book which attempts to cut through all the scare mongering that fills the media every time a new virus, or variant of an existing virus is discovered. It puts thing in perspective and explains, among other things how the last thing a virus or bacterium wants to do is kill its host because that means it cannot be passed on to others.
What I thought was most interesting was how genetic mutations which can produce disabilities in human beings may also confer immunity against other diseases. Sickle cell anaemia for example goes hand in hand with the ability to survive malaria.
We may actually be managing to create the conditions in which another pandemic could arise instead of preventing one occurring. Written in an layman's terms this is well worth reading by anyone who is interested in what might just be the facts behind the scaremongering.