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The Chimp and the River
by Quammen, David

ISBN: 9781847923769
PUBLISHER: The Bodley Head Ltd
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 176
PUBLICATION DATE: 1.05.2015
DIMENSIONS: 19.8 x 12.9 centimetres

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The real story of AIDS - how it originated with a virus in a chimpanzee, jumped to one human and infected more than 60 million people - is very different from what most of us think we know. Recent research has revealed dark surprises and yielded a radically new scenario of how AIDS began and spread. Excerpted and adapted from Spillover, with a new introduction by the author, Quammen's hair-raising investigation tracks the virus from chimp populations in the jungles off the southeastern Cameroon to laboratories across the globe, as he unravels the mysteries of when, where and how such a consequential 'spillover' can happen. An audacious search for answers amid more than a century of data, The Chimp and the River tells the haunting tale of one of the most devastating pandemics of our time.

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