The Wuhan coronavirus continues to rage across mainland China, with health officials wondering if and when the illness will tip into a pandemic. This week on “What’s the Word,” Adam Schuster takes a look at “viruses,” their peculiar processes and how they’ve become so deeply entangled in our lives.
You’ve likely heard doctor’s warnings about flu season before, but what about cross-species infection? As humans continue to encroach on biodiverse regions around the world, the likelihood of human interactions with new deadly pathogens increases. And to make matters worse, scientists have already confirmed a human cold virus infecting a population of wild chimpanzees in […]