The Viral Storm

October 31st, 2011

At no time in human history have we been better at fighting disease. Yet modern life has also made us so much more vulnerable to the threat of global pandemic. The speed of human travel and interaction, in short globalization, makes it imperative that we stay focused of where the next disease or pandemic might come from. For disease too has also become globalized.

No one is more on top this issue than Dr. Nathan Wolfe, who has been referred to as the "Indiana Jones of virus hunters." In fact, Wolfe is a Professor in Human Biology at Stanford, the founder and CEO of Global Viral Forecasting, with degrees from Stanford and Harvard the author of The Viral Storm: The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age and was named recently as one of Time magazines' 100 Most Influential People in the World. My conversation with Nathan Wolfe: