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Why do viruses kill? [videorecording (DVD)] / BBC Productions ; produced and directed by Dick Taylor.


Public Safety Canada Library



Alternate Title

Horizon (Television program)

Call Number

RA 655 .V55 W49 2010d



  • [London] :  BBC, c2010.


1 videodisc (50 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in. (DVD)


Originally broadcast on the BBC Two program, Horizon, on Jan. 13, 2010.
Distributed in Canada by McNabb Connelly.


The journey begins with a visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo. HIV and Ebola both originated in the Congo, and virus hunter Anne Rimoin suspects that Monkey Pox may pass to local hunters and eventually become the next global killer. But not all viruses are bad news. We travel to Canada to meet Professor Curtis Suttle who shows that each litre of Vancouver sea water contains 10 billion viruses. Without their ability to kill bacteria and recycle nutrients, the sea would quickly turn to sewage. Virus versus human however is a war. By looking at the origins of HIV, we discover how clever viruses can be. With its ability to mutate in order to fool our defence mechanisms, the natural history of HIV shows the virus is a true weapon of mass destruction. Horizon follows the leading researchers from across the world, who are attempting to unravel the many secrets of viruses to understand when and why they kill.



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