cover of book: Hot SpotIn her new book, “Hot Spot: How Seattle Became the Place for Infectious Disease Research,” Mary Engel (@Engel140) gives us the backstory for the Emerald City’s influential role in this field of study. Seattle scientists have made a name for themselves in the study of global threats like HIV and SARS-CoV-2, the typically benign viruses that threaten immune-compromised people, and many other viral illnesses. For decades, these researchers have been leading the way in developing treatment protocols for sexually transmitted infections, evaluating new antivirals and creating vaccines.