Summary of “Five Books Expert Recommendations”

Coronaviruses are RNA viruses like flu and Ebola viruses.
Although SARS-CoV-2 – which is the correct virological nomenclature for the new coronavirus – doesn’t have much in common at the genetic level with, say, herpes viruses, which are DNA viruses, it is 85% identical to SARS-CoV-1 that caused the SARS epidemic in 2003.
The Coming Plague came out just when I was writing my first book about viruses, The Invisible Enemy: A Natural History of Viruses, and it certainly stimulated me to get on with it.
Read. Let’s move on to our next book about viruses.
Dawkins called one of his books The Blind Watchmaker and viruses are totally blind but appear very sophisticated.
Dawkins has a wonderful way of expressing himself in writing, and his books have informed all my writing about viruses, because they’ve given me a feeling for evolution.
We are now using viruses to transfer genes into humans.
They’re always one step ahead. In Viruses: A Very Short Introduction, you quote George Klein to the effect: “The stupidest virus is cleverer than the cleverest virologist.” Where does that leave us? Are we fated to be finally wiped out by a virus that has outsmarted us?

The orginal article.