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Frank P Ryan

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Books
· The Sword of Feimhin

· The Tower of Bones

· The Snowmelt River

· The Mystery of Metamorphosis

· Virolution

· The Brain Food Diet

· Sweet Summer

· Between Clouds and the Sea

· Tiger Tiger

· Darwin's Blind Spot


Short Stories
· A Bane Returns


Articles
· Review of Under the Skin by Michel Faber

· Review of Dark Fire

· Why do some characters live on inside your head?

· What is it that you think you are doing?

· The Song of the Fairy King

· A Glimpse of the Apocalypse

· Of Blues and books and Captain Beefheart

· I'm all a-twitter about romance

· A Painting Called “Sweet Summer”

· Ann Rice Review of Metamorphosis


News
· Free Chapters of my Final Book

· Spectacular Film trailer for The Doomsday Genie

· Now out - The Sword of Feimhin

· Lovelock and Gaia Reappraised

· Excellent Review of The Snowmelt River

· Machievellian cunning in The Snowmelt River

· A Surreal Experiment

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Yosemite Park Virus

9/2/2012 4:51:00 AM

by Frank P Ryan


The current outbreak involves the Sin Nombre virus I described in great detail in my best-selling book, Virus X

I wrote a book, Virus X, which was published in 1997/7 in the UK and US.  The first third of the book dealt with the struggle to recognise and then fight back against a true all-American emerging viral plague, the Sin Nombre hantavirus, which first broke out in the Four Corners region of South West America in 1993. 

It was an extraordinary story and I was very privileged that very senior American colleagues, at CDC Special Pathogens Branch and in the Dept of Zoology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, did me the courtesy of allowing me to sit in, observe and interview them as they fought the epidemic in labs and in the full-to-bursting intensive care units.

What I learnt there changed my scientific perspective on viruses, which I had formerly worked with and researched.  it also changed my writing life.  It was the hantavirus experience that led to my defining concepts such as "viral symbiosis" and "aggressive symbiosis".  These have now entered evolutionary biology and I have lectured widely on them, written two other books, Darwin's Blind Spot and Virolution, and many scientific papers about their extrapolation to evolutionary biology, to the evolution of the human genome, and to medicine.

I am sorry to hear the virus has come back -- but in a way I think this is probably inevitable, given the viruses' extensive distribution in nature.

 

FPR-Books Ltd


More News by Frank P Ryan

· Free Chapters of my Final Book - 12/2/2014 3:50:00 AM
· Spectacular Film trailer for The Doomsday Genie - 9/9/2014 2:36:00 AM
· Now out - The Sword of Feimhin - 8/21/2014 2:11:00 AM
· Lovelock and Gaia Reappraised - 4/5/2014 6:17:00 AM
· Excellent Review of The Snowmelt River - 2/7/2014 4:32:00 AM
· Machievellian cunning in The Snowmelt River - 12/29/2013 4:53:00 AM
· A Surreal Experiment - 12/5/2013 7:14:00 AM
· We Downtrodden Characters Demand Our Say - 12/1/2013 3:49:00 AM
· new twitter address - 8/16/2013 7:48:00 AM
· You really can write your own short story or novel - 8/4/2013 9:35:00 AM
· US edition of The Snowmelt River - 7/31/2013 2:08:00 AM
· Book Three in the Three Powers Series - 6/20/2013 2:20:00 AM
· That Champagne Feeling - 11/14/2012 5:02:00 AM
· helping teachers - 9/3/2012 12:24:00 AM
· The Snowmelt River and The Tower of Bones - 3/27/2012 11:44:00 AM
· Fantasy in the World of Greedy Bankers - 11/27/2011 5:15:00 AM
· Strange Liaisons - 11/26/2011 4:18:00 AM
· Self Published Doomsday Genie enters top 100 - 11/20/2011 3:07:00 AM
· Apocalyptic Thriller becomes Topical - 10/1/2011 4:25:00 AM
· New e-book release - Between Clouds and the Sea - 10/1/2011 2:12:00 AM
· omega-3s sources in diet - 8/31/2011 8:10:00 AM
· The Kindle Question - 7/28/2011 2:13:00 AM
· Avatar Interview - 7/27/2011 11:47:00 PM
· Praise for Metamorphosis - 7/22/2011 1:00:00 PM
· New Review! The Mystery of Metamorphosis - 7/7/2011 6:07:00 AM
· Human Endogenous Retroviruses in MS - 5/23/2011 6:01:00 AM
· New Professional Review for Virolution! - 1/27/2011 1:53:00 PM
· Glenda A. Bixler Review of The Snowmelt River - 12/5/2010 7:30:00 AM

Books by
Frank P Ryan



The Sword of Feimhin

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The Snowmelt River

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The Tower of Bones

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Between Clouds and the Sea

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The Mystery of Metamorphosis

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Sweet Summer

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Tiger Tiger

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