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· The Mysterious World of the Human Genome

· 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

Short Stories
· A Bane Returns

· 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

· When Art and Literature Connect

· Stick to your guns

· Prometheus (Frankenstein) Revisited

· What lies at the core of you

· Major new non-fiction title

· 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

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Publisher:  HarperCollins (UK)/ Little Brown (US) ISBN-10:  0006384552


Copyright:  1996/ 1997

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Tells the story of where viruses, such as Ebola and HIV, come from and why they behave as they do. This book changed beliefs in evolutionary biology.

In the 1980s our comforting illusion that we had conquered plagues through our discovery of vaccines and antibiotics was shattered by the arrival of AIDS. But AIDS is just one of many emerging plagues for which we have, as yet, no cure. Even the great killers of history - TB, cholera, bubonic plague - are making a comeback, often resistant to the drugs that once controlled them. In this book, Frank Ryan goes into the front line of the fight against epidemic disease, to take a long hard look at what is happening and why. You will find many vivid descriptions and some terrifying facts. But the author's interest went beyond merely frightening people. He wanted to know where viruses such as HIV, the cause of AIDS, came from and why they behaved in such a lethal fashion. To answer such questions, he has advanced a radical new evolutionary theory, `Aggressive Symbiosis'. This theory has proved controversial but it was welcomed by leading authorities in reviews in The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.

Reader Reviews for "Virus X"

Reviewed by John Coppolella 5/30/2015
I look forward to reading this book. I have been highly speculative of the source of such modern appearing and evolving plagues, every since I read "Correcting the Code: Inventing the Genetic Cure for the Human Body" by Larry Thompson.
Reviewed by Jansen Estrup 2/24/2013
An extremely important new area of investigation. Perhaps we'll find answers to philosophical questions, too, such as the mythology surrounding 'free will' and other behavioral mysteries, as well as more immediate medical solutions.

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