Yellow Fever, Black Goddess: The Coevolution of People and Plagues

Paperback | August 29, 1997

byCHRISTOPHER WILLS

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In this remarkable account, evolutionary biologist Christopher Wills takes us on a voyage of discovery through the exotic pasts of the viruses and bacteria that periodically emerge with such disastrous results for our species. It is our knowledge of their secret lives, the eons spent quietly passing in and out of myriad other life forms, mutating and coadapting, that gives us hope of taming them. By putting these organisms—from bubonic plague to Ebola—at center-stage, Wills shows how we will eventually master them.

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the exotic pasts of the viruses and bacteria that periodically emerge in deadly outbreaks with such disasterous results. It is our knowledge of their secret lives in the moist and teeming rain forests that gives us hope of taming future epidemics.

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In this remarkable account, evolutionary biologist Christopher Wills takes us on a voyage of discovery through the exotic pasts of the viruses and bacteria that periodically emerge with such disastrous results for our species. It is our knowledge of their secret lives, the eons spent quietly passing in and out of myriad other life form...

Christopher Wills is Professor of Biology at the University of California at San Diego. His books include Yellow Fever, Black Goddess and Children of Prometheus. Jeffrey Bada is Professor of Marine Chemistry and Director of the NASA Specialized Center of Research and Training in Exobiology at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.71 inPublished:August 29, 1997Publisher:Basic Books

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ISBN - 10:0201328186

ISBN - 13:9780201328189

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from A tedious read _Yellow Fever, Black Goddess: The Coevolution of People and Plagues_ could have been a penetrating examination of the relationship between humanity and disease. Christopher Willis certainly had fertile ground to work in _Yellow Fever_, but the book ends up being a dull and pedantic trudge that fails to bring the best of the academic or the popular to the reader. The text wanders through evolutionary biology and human history without any real sense of direction. The biographies and personal histories read like indifferent ‘human interest’ stories injected into an otherwise uninteresting science news broadcast.
Date published: 2000-12-18

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the exotic pasts of the viruses and bacteria that periodically emerge in deadly outbreaks with such disasterous results. It is our knowledge of their secret lives in the moist and teeming rain forests that gives us hope of taming future epidemics.