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Catching Diseases from our Evolutionary Cousins

This is my final column for the Planet-of-the-Apes series and my last piece for the Philadelphia Inquirer. It explains how viruses move around the evolutionary tree. This column was inspired by David Quammen's new book Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Pandemic

Gripping New Book Details Origins of AIDS, SARS, Ebola and Other Diseases that Jumped from Animal Hosts

Higgs discusses a great new science book he's reading. The author, David Quammen, will talk Tuesday night at the Academy of Natural Sciences.

Gripping New Book Details Origins of AIDS, SARS, Ebola and Other Diseases that Jumped from Animal Hosts

Higgs discusses a great new science book he's reading. The author, David Quammen, will talk Tuesday night at the Academy of Natural Sciences.

Stone Age People Made White Wine

Some years ago Penn Museum archaeologist Patrick McGovern discovered that wine goes back at least 7000 years. He's giving a talk Tuesday night on ancient wine and beer. A tasting follows.

Stone Age People Made White Wine

Some years ago Penn Museum archaeologist Patrick McGovern discovered that wine goes back at least 7000 years. He's giving a talk Tuesday night on ancient wine and beer. A tasting follows.

Yellowstone Wolves Face Their Own Natural Enemies

Penn State Scientists are tracking wolf packs reintroduced to Yellowstone in to rebalance the region’s ecology. Survival has been a struggle – the wolves face long, frigid winters and are now being ravaged by several devastating diseases.

Yellowstone Wolves Face Their Own Natural Enemies

Penn State Scientists are tracking wolf packs reintroduced to Yellowstone in to rebalance the region’s ecology. Survival has been a struggle – the wolves face long, frigid winters and are now being ravaged by several devastating diseases.
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