The empire of viruses: my story in tomorrow's New York Times

By Carl Zimmer | November 22, 2010 5:36 pm

LipkinRecently I paid a visit to a place where the world’s most mysterious viruses go to find a name. The result was my profile of Ian Lipkin of Columbia University for tomorrow’s New York Times. I first started thinking about this story when I heard Lipkin give a lecture about his work identifying unknown viruses this spring. And when I read this review of Lipkin’s, entitled simply, “Microbe Hunting,” I knew it was time to get cracking.

One thing I didn’t have room for is the fact that Lipkin has gone all Hollywood. By which I mean that he’s helping Steven Soderbergh on a new movie on a virus outbreak called Contagion, starring Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, and other big stars. Lipkin seems pretty stoked about the movie, which is slated for 2011, so I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for it.

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Comments (2)

  1. Awesome, a real virologist working on a biohazard movie. Hopefully that will prevent it from being the constellation of #sciencefail that most SF horror films are.

  2. The piece is fascinating! I’m glad you could fit in the fact that Dr. Lipkin helped rule out a link between autism and the MMR vaccine. There are people in the UK who are still not giving the shot to their children over that story.

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