Infections scare us as a species. We are fascinated by the ability of microscopic entities to wreak such havoc upon us. We are glued to the news when reports come in of rapidly spreading infections. AIDS, ebola, hantavirus and virulent new strains of flu are just a few of the diseases that have recently captured our attention.
This Sunday our guest on Atheists Talk is author, essayist and science writer, David Quammen. In his recently published book, Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic, Quammen takes us along on his world travels as he explores where these emerging diseases come from, how and why they cross over to humans from their animals hosts, and what the next big human outbreak will be.
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