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The wireless epidemic

As wireless communication technologies spread, so the potential for viruses to exploit them grows. Biological models of virus transmission will assume new relevance for assessing the emerging threat.

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Kleinberg, J. The wireless epidemic. Nature 449, 287–288 (2007).

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