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Spillover

Posted by on Nov 22, 2013 in BOOK LIST | 0 comments

In Spillover, David Quammen takes on “the next big human pandemic,” which could very well be a “spillover” disease originating in animals, eventually infecting human hosts. The characteristics of this next new plague could resemble Ebola, SARS, bird flu, Lyme disease or any one of a number of zoonotic plagues, diseases that transfer from animal host to human.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Posted by on Nov 22, 2013 in BOOK LIST | 0 comments

In 1951, doctors took samples from Henrietta Lacks’ cervical cancer and grew the cells without Lacks’ consent. These cells, the sales of which constitute a multi-billion dollar industry, are still used in thousands of experiments around the world.

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