Assignment 2 – Book 1 – The Hot Zone

You will pick your book in Mrs. Mathew’s meeting on May 24th.


Each student will have to make his/her own entry  and comment on TWO other student entries each post date.

  • What did you think about the reading?
  • What did you learn?
  • What questions do you still have?

Book 1:


Hot zone

This is not textbook reading! Your summer reading is an exciting book about science.

Yes, there are people who love science so much that they spend their time researching and writing books about it and there are people who love science even more that they spend their time reading these science books. You too may become one of these people, Young Grasshopper!

A bit about The Hot Zone:

The Ebola virus kills nine out of ten of its victims so quickly and gruesomely that even biohazard experts are terrified. It is airborne, it is extremely contagious, and in the winter of 1989, it seemed about to burn through the suburbs of

Washington D.C…

The Hot Zone tells this dramatic story in depth, giving a hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their outbreaks in the human race. From a remote African cave hot with Ebola virus, to an airplane over Africa that is carrying a sick passenger who dissolves into a human virus bomb, to the confines of a Biosafety Level 4 military lab where scientists risk their lives studying lethal substances that could kill them quickly and horribly, The Hot Zone describes situations that a few years ago would have been taken for science fiction. As the tropical wildernesses of the world are destroyed, previously unknown viruses that have lived undetected in the rain forest for eons are entering human populations. The appearance of AIDS is part of a larger pattern, and the implications for the future of the human species are terrifying.




One thought on “Assignment 2 – Book 1 – The Hot Zone

  1. The Hot Zone Part 1

    What did you think about the reading?

    I don’t usually read these kinds of books but I thought The Hot Zone was really exciting. I like how the author explained all the scientific aspects about the viruses and species but also added an interesting storyline so it wasn’t boring. I liked the expedition inside the cave scene the best. This book reminds me of a murder mystery but instead of a traditional killer its the virus everybody’s trying to stop. It is just as thrilling as an actual manhunt.

    What did you learn?

    I learned about the prehistoric origin of viruses and their motive to find a host in order to survive. I also learned about the close genetic relationship between humans and monkeys and how military/government facilities use them to test vaccines and diseases that would affect humans in the same way. I also learned a lot about each of the Ebola viruses, Sudan, Marburg and Zaire, and the effect they have not only on a single person but also an entire population of a hospital or city.

    What questions do you still have?

    I still want to know if pathologist Gene Johnson ever tracks down the virus in the cave. I also would like to know if a vaccine or cure is ever found for Ebola and if so how.

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