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The actual tale of AIDS―how it originated with a plague in a chimpanzee, jumped to 1 human, after which contaminated greater than 60 million people―is very assorted from what so much folks imagine we all know. fresh study has printed darkish surprises and yielded a significantly new state of affairs of the way AIDS started and unfold. Excerpted and tailored from the booklet Spillover, with a brand new creation via the writer, Quammen's hair-raising research tracks the virus from chimp populations within the jungles of southeastern Cameroon to laboratories around the globe, as he unravels the mysteries of while, the place, and less than what conditions the sort of consequential "spillover" can ensue. An audacious look for solutions amid greater than a century of information, The Chimp and the River tells the haunting story of 1 of the main devastating pandemics of our time.
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