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Io, trafficante di virus (I, virus trader)

Io, trafficante di virus (I, virus trader)


The story of an internationally renowned scientist and an absurd case of poor justice.

First the accusation of trafficking viruses, then an ignominious press campaign. Twelve years later the acquittal.

“I felt the moment had come to go back and use my time in a better way, to go back to the scientific world”. With these words, world famous virologist Ilaria Capua explained her decision to resign from her parliamentary job to manage a research centre of excellence at Florida University. It was a difficult choice that was made to protect her family and her work from the ignominious accusation of virus trafficking which was eventually resolved with an acquittal after not one magistrate had bothered to listen to her.

Today, Ilaria Capua tells her version of the facts; a bitter analysis which also covers Italy, a country that doesn’t have the courage to protect its scientific talents.

Her supporters from the very beginning include: Gian Antonio Stella and Paolo Mieli from Corriere della Sera and Carlo Bonini from Repubblica.

Well recognized for her expertize on viruses, nowadays Ilaria Capua  is often consulted by the media for her opinion on current COVID19 emergency.

A documentary film adapted from this book was also made and presented to Roma Film Festival 2018.

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Genre: Essays

Subject: Medicine

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Year of publication: 2017

Published in: Milano

Number of pages: 240

Price: 18,50 euro

ISBN: 9788817093873

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Io, trafficante di virus (I, virus trader)

Ilaria Capua

Ilaria Capua, researcher, was the first person to isolate the H5N1 bird flu virus. In 2007 she was among the winners of the Scientific American 50 award and in 2008 she was included among Seed’s Revolutionary Minds series for her leadership in science policy for promoting the sharing of information at an international level. She received the most prestigious award in veterinary medicine, the Penn World Leadership in Animal Health award in 2011 and the R.F. Gordon Memorial Medal in 2012. In the same year the Italian President of the Republic bestowed upon her the rank of Knight (Grande Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana). She wrote I virus non aspettano (Marsilio 2012).