Columbia University Medical Center

Virus Hunter Puts Science on the Big Screen

When the Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns decided to collaborate on a movie about a deadly virus that ignites a global pandemic, they were determined that the film be firmly grounded in scientific fact, not science fiction. So Burns began consulting scientists for guidance. “When I asked who was the best virologist … who could help me create a believable virus and help spin out the ramifications,” Burns remembers being told one name “without hesitation”: Dr. Ian Lipkin.  Continue…

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