1. The original strain of H5N1, explains Wolfe, jumped directly from birds to humans. Other viruses, meanwhile, make the leap to domestic animals before infecting humans; that mixing can then introduce deadlier strains of unknown viruses into the world. “So what happens is you have a particular pig out there and it could get infected with two different viruses — maybe one that’s been in human and one that’s been in the original reservoir of a bird — and they can mix and match their genes and create mosaic daughter viruses that will have completely novel properties,” he says.
- via Fresh Air Interview with Nathan Wolfe: The Man Who Tracks Viruses Before They Spread

    The original strain of H5N1, explains Wolfe, jumped directly from birds to humans. Other viruses, meanwhile, make the leap to domestic animals before infecting humans; that mixing can then introduce deadlier strains of unknown viruses into the world. “So what happens is you have a particular pig out there and it could get infected with two different viruses — maybe one that’s been in human and one that’s been in the original reservoir of a bird — and they can mix and match their genes and create mosaic daughter viruses that will have completely novel properties,” he says.

    - via Fresh Air Interview with Nathan Wolfe: The Man Who Tracks Viruses Before They Spread

  2. Nathan Wolfe

    Fresh Air

    Virus Hunter

  1. Shut Everything Down: The Man Who Stops Viruses Before They Spread.

    Shut Everything Down: The Man Who Stops Viruses Before They Spread.

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  1. Tomorrow: Virus hunter Nathan Wolfe. He spends his days tracking viruses before they turn into global pandemics.
Previously: bacteria, bird flu, the common cold.

    Tomorrow: Virus hunter Nathan Wolfe. He spends his days tracking viruses before they turn into global pandemics.

    Previously: bacteria, bird flu, the common cold.

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