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Breathless: The Scientific Race to Defeat a Deadly Virus

Breathless: The Scientific Race to Defeat a Deadly Virus

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Medical ReferenceBiology

Publisher Price: $29.99

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ISBN10: 1982164360
ISBN13: 9781982164362
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: Oct 4 2022
Pages: 416
Weight: 1.28
Height: 1.28 Width: 6.37 Depth: 9.27
Language: English
Awards: National Book Awards
The story of the worldwide scientific quest to decipher the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, trace its source, and make possible the vaccines to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

Breathless is the story of SARS-CoV-2 and its fierce journey through the human population, as seen by the scientists who study its origin, its ever-changing nature, and its capacity to kill us. David Quammen expertly shows how strange new viruses emerge from animals into humans as we disrupt wild ecosystems, and how those viruses adapt to their human hosts, sometimes causing global catastrophe. He explains why this coronavirus will probably be a forever virus, destined to circulate among humans and bedevil us endlessly, in one variant form or another. As scientists labor to catch it, comprehend it, and control it, with their high-tech tools and methods, the virus finds ways of escape.

Based on interviews with nearly one hundred scientists, including leading virologists in China and around the world, Quammen explains that:

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