Parasite Rex

Parasite Rex

Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures

Book - 2001
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IN THIS REISSUED PAPERBACK EDITION WITH A NEW EPILOGUE, CARL ZIMMER REVEALS THE POWER, DANGER, AND BEAUTY OF PARASITES.

For centuries, parasites have lived in nightmares, horror stories, and the darkest shadows of science. In Parasite Rex , Carl Zimmer takes readers on a fantastic voyage into the secret universe of these extraordinary life-forms--which are not only among the most highly evolved on Earth, but make up the majority of life's diversity. Traveling from the steamy jungles of Costa Rica to the parasite-riddled war zone of southern Sudan, Zimmer introduces an array of amazing creatures that invade their hosts, prey on them from within, and control their behavior. He also vividly describes parasites that can change DNA, rewire the brain, make men more distrustful and women more outgoing, and turn hosts into the living dead. This comprehensive, gracefully written book brings parasites out into the open and uncovers what they can teach us all about the most fundamental survival tactics in the universe--the laws of Parasite Rex.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2001
Edition: First Touchstone edition
ISBN: 9780743200110
074320011X
Branch Call Number: 591.7857 Z653P 2001
Characteristics: xxii, 298 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm

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Adzebill
Oct 31, 2011

Fascinating overview, and high quality science writing, with good approachable summaries of current research. Zimmer makes excellent points about how the notion of parasite is being redefined to remove the 'yuk' factor, so that humans can be seen as a kind of parasite—even possibly learning something about the stewardship of the Earth from our fellow parasites. There's a bonus NZ mention of Curtis Lively's work on the evolution of sex in indigenous aquatic snails.

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