Get to know best-selling author, Dr Frank Ryan

  Frank Ryan



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. 

Co-author of the ground-breaking, The Eskimo Diet - which pioneered the modern importance of the omega-3 story - he recently revisited this area of special expertise to write The Brain Food Diet, which broke new ground in outlining the importance of the omega-3 to omega-6 balance in normal brain function and in reducing the risks of mental decline and Alzheimer's disease. His book, The forgotten Plague, was one of three non-fiction books of the year for the New York Times Book review. Virus X took the front page of the Washington Post's book review.  Darwin's Blind Spot was the chosen book for the distinguished entrepreneur, Charlie Munger, in 2003. 

In 2009 HarperCollins published his groundbreaking Virolution, which provoked a great deal of interest in scientists and lay readers globally. It has been translated into French, German, Japanese, and Russian. It was supported by eight scientific papers in leading medical and biological journals and was the subject of a feature article, written by Frank, in New Scientist.   In 2011 Oneworld and Chelsea Green published Frank's new book Metamorphosis/ The Mystery of Metamorphosis, in the UK and US respectively. In 2015 Frank's latest title, The Mysterious World of the Human Genome, was published by HarperCollins in the UK and a year later in the US by Prometheus Books. It was the "starred review" for Kirkus Reviews. Frank's books have been translated into many languages.

You can follow Frank on Twitter @FPRBooks and at Goodreads on the Frank Ryan author's page.