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Bizarre illnesses and plagues that kill people in the most unspeakable ways. Obsessive and inspired efforts by scientists to solve mysteries and save lives. FromThe Hot Zoneto The Demon in the Freezer and beyond, Richard Prestons bestselling works have mesmerized readers everywhere by showing them strange worlds of nature they never dreamed of. Panic in Level 4is a grand tour through the eerie and unforgettable universe of Richard Preston, filled with incredible characters and mysteries that refuse to leave ones mind. Here are dramatic true stories from this acclaimed and award-winning author, including: The phenomenon of self-cannibals, who suffer from a rare genetic condition caused by one wrong letter in their DNA that forces them to compulsively chew their own fleshand why everyone may have a touch of this disease. The search for the unknown host of Ebola virus, an organism hidden somewhere in African rain forests, where the disease finds its way into the human species, causing outbreaks of unparalleled horror. The brilliant Russian brothersone mathematician divided between two bodieswho built a supercomputer in their apartment from mail-order parts in an attempt to find hidden order in the number pi (). In fascinating, intimate, and exhilarating detail, Richard Preston portrays the frightening forces and constructive discoveries that are currently roiling and reordering our world, once again proving himself a master of the nonfiction narrative and, as noted inThe Washington Post, a science writer with an uncommon gift for turning complex biology into riveting page-turners.