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About our Book

Hi everyone! Hannah here. As college students, my friend Emily and I are studying from home. We realized you probably are working from home too, and might not quite know why. So we put together this book to try and explain viruses- the annoying buggers behind the coronavirus and even the common cold. We hope you enjoy it and learn some new things about science too!

Copyright © 2020 Hannah Margolis

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ISBN: 978-1-7923-4213-4


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About the Author: Hannah Margolis is a recent graduate from Dartmouth College where she studied biochemistry and global health. She currently works at the National Institutes of Health and plans to pursue a career in science research.

About the Illustrator: Emily Morin is a recent graduate from Dartmouth College where she studied geography and economics. She plans on pursuing a career in urban planning and design.

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Margolis, H.K., and Morin, E.J. What is a Virus? 2020. Retrieved from