Nathan Wolfe, the virus tracker, comes to SVSU


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You may not know the name, but Nathan Wolfe is a microbiologist whose work has spanned the globe. He was voted one of Time magazine’s most influential people in 2011, and is the author of “Viral Storm”

He recently spoke at Saginaw Valley State University on Tuesday, October 13th.

Wolfe travels the world to find and study different pathogens- before they spread.

His talk at SVSU was about preventing the spread of current diseases and tracking future ones.

Wolfe says that the past 100 years of rapid population growth and innovation has changed the landscape for epidemics.

“The level of connectivity, have all conspired to create a world that is hyper connected. What that means is viruses, that jump out of animals, and that’s the way that all these epidemics start, have a much better chance of really going pandemic. We really do face a set a risks that humanity has arguably never faced in its history” says Wolfe.

Wolfe says the microbial world is so vast, and so widely unexplored, that it creates an ideal situation for a future generation of scientists.

Nathan Wolfe is the founder and chief executive of Metabiota, a company that not only conducts microbiological research, but makes products to conduct the research as well. He also is the chairman for the non-profit Global Viral. Global Viral promotes the understanding and exploration of the microbial world.