The Real Virologist Behind "Contagion" In the new movie "Contagion" virologist W. Ian Lipkin served as both a technical advisor for the film, and as the inspiration for one of its main characters (a virus hunter named "Ian"). Lipkin discusses his role in the film and his own work identifying real-life viruses.
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The Real Virologist Behind "Contagion"

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The Real Virologist Behind "Contagion"

The Real Virologist Behind "Contagion"

The Real Virologist Behind "Contagion"

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In the new movie "Contagion" virologist W. Ian Lipkin served as both a technical advisor for the film, and as the inspiration for one of its main characters (a virus hunter named "Ian"). Lipkin discusses his role in the film and his own work identifying real-life viruses.