Yellow Fever, Black Goddess: The Coevolution Of People And Plagues (Helix Book)

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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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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 La Jolla, California.

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A biology professor (Univ. of California, San Diego) who is the author of two engaging books on evolutionary biology (The Runaway Brain, LJ 8/93, and The Wisdom of the Genes, LJ 10/1/89), Wills here turns his attention to the currently popular topic of infectious disease and its future. The book's contents are eclectic, ranging from the history of particular diseases such as cholera and AIDS (but not yellow fever) to accounts of the author's travels in disease-ridden places to explanations of the genetic mechanisms of evolutionary change. Particularly interesting are discussions of the "motivations" of disease organisms to become more or less virulent, the role of disease in promoting genetic diversity in other organisms, and speculations about future possibilities. Wills has a generally clear and entertaining writing style with a particular gift for striking and useful analogies, although some technical details and occasional obscure literary references may be difficult for some readers. A brief glossary of technical terms is helpful. Although Paul Ewald's Evolution of Infectious Disease (Oxford Univ., 1994) offers a more systematic if technical treatment of the subject, Wills's book is an entertaining and informative study. Recommended for larger public library science collections.?Marit MacArthur, Auraria Lib., Denver
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