From bats to horses, from insects to chimpanzees, a lot of deadly viruses originated in an animal host. In his last book, Spillover, the American science writer David Quammen tells the stories of some of these viruses. We reached him at the Festival della Scienza in Genoa, where he was going to present the book, and asked him some questions.
Pathogens and fear: the double epidemics
Creativity is one of the most fascinating topics in the area of Neuroscience. It has generated a number of books, including a two-volume Encyclopedia, and countless essays. The amount of information available has now become enormously large, and continues to grow at an exponential rate: yet, gaps in our understanding of the process are still conspicuously evident.