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Parasite Rex : Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures - Carl Zimmer

Parasite Rex

Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures

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Published: 10th October 2001
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IMAGINE A WORLD WHERE parasites control the minds of their hosts, sending them to their destruction.

IMAGINE A WORLD WHERE parasites are masters of chemical warfare and camouflage, able to cloak themselves with their hosts' own molecules.

IMAGINE A WORLD WHERE parasites steer the course of evolution, where the majority of species are parasites.

WELCOME TO EARTH.

For centuries, parasites have lived in nightmares, horror stories, and in the darkest shadows of science. Yet these creatures are among the world's most successful and sophisticated organisms. In "Parasite Rex, " Carl Zimmer deftly balances the scientific and the disgusting as he takes readers on a fantastic voyage. Traveling from the steamy jungles of Costa Rica to the fetid parasite haven of southern Sudan, Zimmer graphically brings to life how parasites can change DNA, rewire the brain, make men more distrustful and women more outgoing, and turn hosts into the living dead.

This thorough, gracefully written book brings parasites out into the open and uncovers what they can teach us about the most fundamental survival tactics in the universe.

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thought it was going to be more just interesting facts and information about the world of parasites but it read like a story which took a while to get into it. I also assumed it would have multiple pictures/photos of all the different species but only a couple in the whole book. As a side note, I did not like the texture or colour of the pages - ruff and a yellowish tinge.

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Christopher Wills author of "Yellow Fever, Black Goddess" Bacteria and viruses have received all the press when it comes to plagues. In this vividly written book, Carl Zimmer explores the complex world of worms, protozoa and other terrifying creatures that pose an equally great public health threat around the world. These organisms are even more subtle and challenging enemies, and Zimmer provides an excellent introduction to them. Deborah Gordon Stanford University, author of "Ants at Work" This is an excellent book. Zimmer uses vivid, fast-paced stories to show how parasites transform lives and alter the course of evolution. Paul Hoffman author of "The Man Who Loved Only Numbers" Carl Zimmer is one of the finest, most engaging science journalists today. He has demonstrated once again his ability to present scientific concepts in arresting, understandable prose. Henry Gee Senior Editor at "Nature" and author of "In Search of Deep Time" As Zimmer shows, parasites are the real drivers of evolution: we live at best only arm's length from the unseen creatures that control our lives. Zimmer loves his subject, and his treatment is gentle rather than sensational: the understatement only heightens the horror. Read "Parasite Rex" and shudder -- your dinner-party conversations will never be the same again. Mark Ridley "The New Scientist" A nonstop delight...Zimmer is a colorful writer, and takes full advantage of the macabre natural history of parasites. Susan Adams "Forbes" Zimmer is such an accomplished, vivid writer that he is able to weave these revolting beasts into an engrossing story that you will read to the last page. Kevin Padian "The New York Times" With "Parasite Rex, " Zimmer proves himself as fine a science essayist as we have. Michael Harris "Los Angeles Times" A model of liveliness and clarity...a book capable of changing how we see the world. Michael Harris"Los Angeles Times"A model of liveliness and clarity...a book capable of changing how we see the world. Kevin Padian"The New York Times"With "Parasite Rex, " Zimmer proves himself as fine a science essayist as we have. Mark Ridley"The New Scientist"A nonstop delight...Zimmer is a colorful writer, and takes full advantage of the macabre natural history of parasites. Susan Adams"Forbes"Zimmer is such an accomplished, vivid writer that he is able to weave these revolting beasts into an engrossing story that you will read to the last page. Susan Adams Forbes Zimmer is such an accomplished, vivid writer that he is able to weave these revolting beasts into an engrossing story that you will read to the last page. Mark Ridley The New Scientist A nonstop delight...Zimmer is a colorful writer, and takes full advantage of the macabre natural history of parasites. Kevin Padian The New York Times With Parasite Rex, Zimmer proves himself as fine a science essayist as we have. Michael Harris Los Angeles Times A model of liveliness and clarity...a book capable of changing how we see the world. Mark Ridley"The New Scientist"A nonstop delight...Zimmer is a colorful writer, and takes full advantage of the macabre natural history of parasites. Michael Harris"Los Angeles Times"A model of liveliness and clarity...a book capable of changing how we see the world. Kevin Padian"The New York Times"With "Parasite Rex," Zimmer proves himself as fine a science essayist as we have. Susan Adams"Forbes"Zimmer is such an accomplished, vivid writer that he is able to weave these revolting beasts into an engrossing story that you will read to the last page.

Prologue: A Vein Is a River: First sightings of the inner worldp. ix
Nature's Criminals: How parasites came to be hated by just about everyonep. 1
Terra Incognita: Swimming through the heart, fighting to the death inside a caterpillar, and other parasitic adventuresp. 23
The Thirty Years' War: How parasites provoke, manipulate, and get intimate with our immune systemp. 55
A Precise Horror: How parasites turn their hosts into castrated slaves, drink blood, and manage to change the balance of naturep. 79
The Great Step Inward: Four billion years in the reign of Parasite Rexp. 118
Evolution from Within: The peacock's tail, the origin of species, and other battles against the rules of evolutionp. 157
The Two-Legged Host: How Homo sapiens grew up with creatures insidep. 190
How to Live in a Parasitic World: A sick planet, and how the most newly arrived parasite can be part of a curep. 216
Glossaryp. 247
Notesp. 251
Further Reading and Selected Bibliographyp. 265
Acknowledgmentsp. 287
Indexp. 289
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ISBN: 9780743200110
ISBN-10: 074320011X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 10th October 2001
Publisher: TOUCHSTONE PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.3 x 14.0  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition