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The movie "Contagion" swept the box office this fall. While the film featured an ensemble cast of famous faces — from Kate Winslet to Matt Damon to Gwyneth Paltrow — the real star of "Contagion" was the virus that murdered millions throughout the movie. Biologist Nathan Wolfe served as a consultant on the film. And while the movie is fiction, Wolfe’s new book warns of the very real threats posed by global pandemics.
Stanford biologist Nathan Wolfe looks at the history of viruses and human beings. He explains how deadly viruses like HIV, swine flu, and bird flu almost wiped us out in the past; and why modern life has made humans vulnerable to the threat of a global pandemic in The Viral Storm: The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age.