Everyone reading ERV knows that Im a huge admirer of Richard Dawkins.
Not only is he a priceless modern voice for popularizing science, he was one of the first voices of Out Atheism. A voice for Atheists from Amsterdam to Alabama.
Do you know how many virologists are featured in this ‘anthology’?
You know how many virologists have won Nobel Prizes in the past 100 years? A quick scan of Wikipedia, I count at least 30.
AT LEAST THIRTY.
I dont think any other field comes close to that.
The past 100 years have basically been The Century of Viruses– from Karl Landsteiner and Erwin Popper discovering polio (which we exterminated with vaccines), to Alfred Hershey and Martha Chase using viruses to prove DNA is the code of life, to Francis Peyton Rous discovering that viruses could cause cancer in chickens and Yorio Hinuma discovering that viruses could cause cancer in humans, to Frederick Sangers very first sequence of anything ever, the phage fX174, to the death knell of small pox and the rise of HIV-1…
The past 100 years of science were built by virologists.
But there arent any in ‘The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing’.
There is no explanation for this. This is just another example of evolutionary biologists unspoken (and sometimes spoken) discrimination against virologists, our viruses, and the way our viruses evolve.
Im SORRY my viruses arent ALIVE enough for you, DR DAWKINS. IM SORRY.