Parasite Rex (with a New Epilogue): Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures
In this re-issued paperback edition with a new epilogue, Carl Zimmer reveals the power, danger, and beauty of parasites in “a book capable of changing how we see the world” ( Los Angeles Times ). For centuries, parasites have lived in nightmares, horror stories, and the darkest shadows of... show more
In this re-issued paperback edition with a new epilogue, Carl Zimmer reveals the power, danger, and beauty of parasites in “a book capable of changing how we see the world” ( Los Angeles Times ). 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. His vivid descriptions bring to life 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.
Publish date: November 9th 2001
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages no: 334
Edition language: English
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The first chapter had me entirely grossed out. Did I really want to read a book describing the disgusting things a parasite can do to my body? But then Carl Zimmer took it from the close to home sickness parasites can inflict on a human body to a fascinating journey into the world of parasites - wha...
Well-written and interesting.
Everything you probably never wanted to know about the ingenious and surprisingly sophisticated world of organisms whose sole purpose is to live inside the dark recesses of your body and eat you.Both fascinating and utterly, utterly horrifying.
Parasite Rex is about parasites and the history of parasitology. Nature is pretty gross. That's about the only way I can think of o describe this book.Let me tell you, there are some crazy creatures out there. I'm going to gloss over the hundreds of thousands of species of tapeworms and parasitic...
"When it comes to the tapestry of life, parasites are a hand at the loom."What a delight of a book! Cogent and penetrating analysis of the history and evolution of parasites and how they affect us in ways we are just beginning to understand. Highly recommended for bioscience geeks, and anyone else w...