29 Feb 2020

David Quammen: How animal diseases spread to humans

From Saturday Morning, 8:30 am on 29 February 2020

Science writer David Quammen is the author of Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic.

We'll ask him what we know about the animal origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and what his experience studying similar zoonotic diseases including Ebola, SARS and HIV, leads him to predict about the future impact of COVID-19.

Currently based in Tasmania, Quammen is researching a new book about the evolutionary basis of cancer. While there he's looking at a rare transmissible cancer: the facial tumour disease that affects the island's population of Tasmanian Devils.

David Quammen with a Tasmanian Devil

David Quammen with a Tasmanian Devil Photo: supplied / Menna Jones