Virus Hunt by Dorothy H. Crawford
The Search for the Origin of HIV/AIDs

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A wonderful source book for professionals and a highly informative, often engrossing tale for lay readers willing to apply due diligence.
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The hunt for the origin of the AIDS virus began over twenty years ago. It was a journey that went around the world and involved painstaking research to unravel how, when, and where the virus first infected humans.

Dorothy H. Crawford traces the story back to the remote rain forests of Africa - home to the primates that carry the ancestral virus - and reveals how HIV-1 first jumped from chimpanzees to humans in rural south east Cameroon. Examining how this happened, and how it then travelled back to Colonial west central Africa where it eventually exploded as a pandemic, she asks why and how it was able to spread so widely.

From hospital intensive care wards to research laboratories and the African rain forests, this is the wide-ranging story of a killer virus and a tale of scientific endeavour.
 

About Dorothy H. Crawford

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Dorothy Crawfordis Professor of Medical Microbiology at the University of Edinburgh, where she is also Assistant Principal for the Public Understanding of Medicine. Her previous publications includeThe Invisible Enemy: A Natural History of Viruses. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and was awarded an OBE in 2005 for services to medicine and higher education.
 
Published June 27, 2013 by OUP Oxford. 258 pages
Genres: History, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction
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A wonderful source book for professionals and a highly informative, often engrossing tale for lay readers willing to apply due diligence.

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