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

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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: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures

User Review  - Michael Sclafani - Goodreads

Really fascinating. I read it for the stories and was pleased to see that he had an interesting thesis to carry the book. At times, it took him longer to make his point than I would like, and there ... Read full review

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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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