Our Viral Future: Video of My Recent Talk

By Carl Zimmer | October 27, 2012 9:17 am

I recently gave a talk in San Francisco about the future of viruses, based in part on my book, A Planet of Viruses. I talk about how deadly new outbreaks may emerge, how we may harness viruses for technology and medicine, and just how many viruses there are out there (hint: 10000000000000000000000000000000).

Author Carl Zimmer: Our Viral Future from Singularity Institute on FORA.tv

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  1. Claudiu Bandea


    I enjoyed your talk about the future of viruses, as well as your book ‘A Planet of Viruses.’
    In a comment to a review of your book in Nature by Robin Weiss, I asked: “What is a virus Dr. Weiss?” (http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v474/n7351/full/474279a.html?wt.ec_id=nature-20110616).

    This question has its roots in a paper I published almost three decades ago in the Journal of Theoretical Biology (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6672474) in which I outlined the scientific and academic constrains associated with the dogma of viruses as virus particles, and proposed a new model for the origin and nature of viruses (an open access update of this model is available at: http://precedings.nature.com/documents/3886/version/1).

    Given you interest and fascination with viruses, I wonder what do you think about the comment and about the alternative paradigm on the nature and evolutionary origin of viruses?


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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.


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