How do viruses jump from animals to humans? - Ben Longdon
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If you are interested in how pathogens spread, and why they cause harm, you could look at this other excellent TED-Ed video on how germs spread and how they make us sick.
For some of the issues around predicting the next big epidemic in humans you could read this article.
We have developed a game called Viruscraft that is based on research about host shifts – you play as a virus and have to add receptors to a virus to help it spread both within and between species.
For more on the ubiquity of viruses and viral epidemics in a pop-science format see “A Planet of Viruses” by Carl Zimmer
For an overview of the research we’ve carried out on host shifts using an insect-virus model system see this website.
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