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I'm delighted to say that HarperCollins, publisher of Virolution, has commissioned me to write a new non-fiction title that could be seen as a sequel to Virolution, but the theme is broader in terms of the biology, evolutionary biology and medicine.  This is now complete in typescript and should be published in February/March 2015.  Thank you all, both the many scientific colleagues, and non-scientific readers, who have written to me about Virolution.  I hope you will feel the same about the new book.

I'm also honoured to be invited to co-write some new papers with the distinguished Professor Erik Larsson and his colleagues at Uppsala on the expression of viral genes as proteins in a wide variety of human tissues. The first of these has now been published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. 


Distinguished author, Anne Rice has tweeted in praise of Frank Ryan's book on the theme of metamorphosis . .                                                                                                                            ."Let me share with you the book I'm reading today: The Mystery of Metamorphosis by Frank Ryan. In Ryan, I've found another brilliant science writer, like Nick Lane, who makes available to the scientifically challenged some insight into the magnificence and mysteries of biological life on this planet.  This is just a wonderful book. If you have, as I do, a million questions about how catepillars become butterflies, and no science vocabulary to study it, well, this may be the book for you. This is beautifully written. A gem of a book."


"One of the best scientific books of recent years."  The Internationalist.



Click here for details of this fascinating new Frank Ryan title published in America by Chelsea Green and, with a slightly different title, in the UK and Commonwealth territories by Oneworld.  This book examines the great natural mystery, metamorphosis, which intrigued Aristotle, as well as the mystery of the "Cambrian explosion", which gave rise to the animal kingdom.  "This book is a must for entomologists, marine biologists and the downright curious" - New Scientist



A pioneering new book by Frank Ryan that expands our understanding of human evolution and has implications for medicine, including important illnesses such as MS and cancer. 




In 2001, when two separate organisations laid bare, for the first time, the DNA structure of our human genome, it revealed a deeply paradoxical truth.  Where we expected some 100,000 genes coding for the same number of proteins, just 1.5% of the DNA coded for just 20,000 proteins.  Meanwhile, almost half our DNA is viral - with a genetic structure very similar to the genome of HIV-1, the viral cause of AIDS.  What does this mean in terms of the story of our  human evolution?  In Virolution, Frank Ryan explains the remarkable story of how this came about.. and what it means.


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