Beware the Microbial Overlords

This one will either raise a lot of awareness or help sell a lot of hand sanitizer. Maybe even both. Pandemic! A Plan for the Planet is a discussion of viruses and worldwide disease pandemics, co-sponsored by the California Academy of Sciences and City Arts and Lectures. It features Dr. Nathan Wolfe, the founder and executive chairman of Global Viral, a nonprofit that promotes "understanding, exploration, and stewardship of the microbial world." Wolfe helps to coordinate a team of over 100 scientists and staff who catalogue blood samples, survey wild animals, and analyze data from blood banks in sites from Cameroon to Malaysia to document the transfer of infectious diseases. With a clear understanding of how diseases spread, Global Viral believes we'll be better equipped to prevent global pandemics. "We have such incredible capacity to think about the future," Wolfe says. "It's time we used it to predict biological threats. Otherwise, we'll be blindsided again and again." Hand sanitizer or not.

Tue., March 11, 7:30 p.m., 2014
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