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Riddled with Life: Friendly Worms, Ladybug Sex, and the Parasites That Make Us Who We Are - Marlene Zuk
Riddled with Life: Friendly Worms, Ladybug Sex, and the Parasites That Make Us Who We Are
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According to evolutionary biologist Marlene Zuk, germs and disease don't deserve their bad rep. Drawing on recent research and her own studies, she explains why disease is mankind's best friend, indeed the key that jump-started the entire evolutionary explosion. Along the way, she answers... show more
According to evolutionary biologist Marlene Zuk, germs and disease don't deserve their bad rep. Drawing on recent research and her own studies, she explains why disease is mankind's best friend, indeed the key that jump-started the entire evolutionary explosion. Along the way, she answers questions many of us dare not ask, such as: Why don't male birds have penises? Why are we attracted to our mates? Zuk also describes the function of STDs and explains why women live longer than men. Her wide-ranging sampling of stories from the natural will appeal to everyone who enjoys popular science.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780151012251 (0151012253)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
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3.0 Riddled with Life: Friendly Worms, Ladybug Sex, and the Parasites That Make Us Who We Are
There's a huge ick factor in this book, which deals in worms and other parasites of humanity, as well as the evolution of immune systems and infectious agents. The science is fascinating, and the conclusions amply supported by Darwinian reasoning. Perhaps we've been too hasty in trying to rid oursel...
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