Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 21, 2000 - Science - 320 pages
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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.
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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We all love to hear a good love story. - Goodreads
Not a scientist but thoughtful science writer - Goodreads
Fascinating insight into the realm of parasites. - Goodreads
This was a nice pop-science introduction to parasites. - Goodreads
Half way through, well written and researched. - Goodreads
Great insight into the world of parasites - Goodreads

Review: Parasite Rex (with a New Epilogue): Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures

User Review  - Elliott Bignell - Goodreads

It's very rare these days that I encounter popular science writing that contains much that is truly new or surprising. Carl manages to provide both, and in a field where thought I was not that ... Read full review

Review: Parasite Rex (with a New Epilogue): Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures

User Review  - Milan Tump - Goodreads

Absolutely loved it! Great writing on a underrated, but interesting, topic in science. If you're interested in reading a book about parasitism, this is the one to get! It definitely made me appreciate ... Read full review


Natures Criminals
Terra Incognita
The Thirty Years War
A Precise Horror
The Great Step Inward
Evolution from Within
How to Live in a Parasitic World
can be part of a cure
Further Reading and Selected Bibliography

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About the author (2000)

Carl Zimmer is the author of three well-received books on evolution. A Guggenheim fellow in 2002, he writes regularly for magazines, including National Geographic, Science, Newsweek, and Natural History.

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