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World of Viruses, World of Viruses, 0803243928, 0-8032-4392-8, 978-0-8032-4392-7, 9780803243927, Judy Diamond, Tom Floyd, Martin Powell, Angie Fox, Ann Downer-Hazell, and Charles Wood

World of Viruses
Judy Diamond, Tom Floyd, Martin Powell, Angie Fox, Ann Downer-Hazell, and Charles Wood

2012. 96 pp.
$16.95 t

We live in a world of viruses, biological entities to be confronted not by superheroes in capes but by scientists and informed citizens during their everyday lives. From the bustle of the airport to the wide expanse of the ocean to the remote tundra of the Arctic, viruses infect many different fronts in fascinatingly unique ways.

World of Viruses is a graphic novel that contains the thrilling true stories of well-known threats like foot and mouth disease, HIV, the flu, and HPV, as well as the lesser-known but helpful role that viruses play in saving global ecosystems from out-of-control blooms of algae. The talented artists and writers included in this spectacular graphic novel feature the heroics and adventures of viruses and scientists, as they challenge each other for survival on planet Earth.


Judy Diamond is a professor and curator of informal science education at the University of Nebraska State Museum and the coauthor of Kea, Bird of Paradox: The Evolution and Behavior of a New Zealand Parrot. Tom Floyd is a multimedia graphics designer at Nebraska Educational Telecommunications and the author and illustrator of Captain Spectre. Martin Powell is the author of many graphic novels, including Rumpelstiltskin and The Avenger Chronicles. Angie Fox is a scientific illustrator with the University of Nebraska State Museum. Ann Downer-Hazell is the author of eight books for young readers, most recently Elephant Talk: The Surprising Science of Elephant Communication. Charles Wood is the Lewis Lehr/3M University Professor and director of the Nebraska Center for Virology at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

"Captivating and informative."—Skipping Stones Magazine

"While most graphic novels exist simply to entertain, this one both entertains and informs the audience in an intellectual manner, which is a nice change of pace."—Cory Troske, Bid Muddy

World of Viruses is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) Grant No. R25 RR024267. Its content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of NIH.

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