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“I think there’s a sense that many of us have that the great age of exploration on Earth is over,” says virus hunter Nathan Wolfe. That sense, as he explains in this keynote, is mistaken—there still might be entire forms of microscopic life that have not yet been found.
The chilling new Steven Soderbergh movie,Contagion, about the spread of a lethal airborne pandemic, stars Oscar winners Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, and Marion Cotillard. Pandemic speaker Nathan Wolfe—a renowned biologist and virus hunter whose book, The Viral Storm, is out this fall—served as a technical advisor to the film.