Frank Ryan is a consultant physician in the UK as well as being an innovative evolutionary biologist, who has introduced the concepts of aggressive symbiosis to virology, and the concepts of genomic creativity and the holobiontic human genome to the story of human evolution.His major scientific interest has been the pioneering and development of the concept of viruses as symbionts, thus bringing together the disciplines of evolutionary virology and symbiology.He has a major interest in the evolution of the human genome and the implications this has for medicine.
Frank's books include the forthcoming "The Mysterious World of the Human Genome", Virolution, Metamorphosis, Darwin's Blind Spot, Virus X, and The Forgotten Plague. World in Action and Horizon based programs on Frank's books. The Forgotten Plague was a non-fiction book of the year for the New York Times.Virus X also received outstanding reviews in the New York Times and The Washington Post's Bookworld, and Darwin's Blind Spot was the book of choice for Charlie Munger in 2003.
Frank's books have also been the subject of TV and radio documentaries and have been translated into many languages.He is also an occasional reviewer of books for the New York Times.
Frank is married with two children.He is an entertaining speaker, which has helped to make him popular with the live media, professional colleagues and lay audiences alike.