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


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ISBN13: 9780743200110
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Gold Gato, April 5, 2014 (view all comments by Gold Gato)
I. Will. Never. Eat. Pork. Again.

Book Season = Summer (read book, stop eating, lose weight, wear swimsuit)
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I have a question! What do you feel in the main purpose of the book? Whats the most important information provided? Also how does it relate to the study of Evolution?
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Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures
Zimmer, Carl
Borel, Brooke
Atria Books
New York
General science
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Life Sciences - Zoology - General
Life Sciences - Zoology - Entomology
General Science
Biology-Entomology and General Invertebrates
Tapeworms; isopods; ichneumon wasps; trypanosomes; sleeping sickness; parasites immune system; Toxoplasma cats; cat parasite; screwworms; the tangled bank; parasite evolution; science ink; carl zimmer parasites; a planet of viruses; soul made flesh; at th
Insects & Spiders
Tapeworms; isopods; ichneumon wasps; trypanosomes; sleeping sickness; parasites immune system; Toxoplasma cats; cat parasite; screwworms; the tangled bank; parasite evolution; science ink; carl zimmer parasites; a planet of viruses; soul made flesh; at th
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
no. 255
Publication Date:
September 2001
Grade Level:
36 black and white photos
9 x 6 in

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"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
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Bed bugs. Few words strike such fear in the minds of travelers. In cities around the world, lurking beneath the plush blankets of otherwise pristine-looking hotel beds are tiny bloodthirsty beasts just waiting for weary wanderers to surrender to a vulnerable slumber. Though bed bugs today have infested the globe, the common bed bug is not a new pest at all. Indeed, as Brooke Borel reveals in this unusual history, this most-reviled species may date back over 250,000 years, wreaking havoc on our collective psyche while even inspiring art, literature, and musicandmdash;in addition to vexatious red welts.


In Infested, Borel introduces readers to the biological and cultural histories of these amazingly adaptive insects, and the myriad ways in which humans have responded to them. She travels to meet with scientists who are rearing bed bug coloniesandmdash;even by feeding them with their own blood (ouch!)andmdash;and to the stages of musicals performed in honor of the pests. She explores the history of bed bugs and their apparent disappearance in the 1950s after the introduction of DDT, charting how current infestations have flourished in direct response to human chemical use as well as the ease of global travel. She also introduces us to the economics of bed bug infestations, from hotels to homes to office buildings, and the expansive industry that has arisen to combat them.

Hiding during the day in the nooks and seams of mattresses, box springs, bed frames, headboards, dresser tables, wallpaper, or any clutter around a bed, bed bugs are thriving and eager for their next victim. By providing fascinating details on bed bug science and behavior as well as a captivating look into the lives of those devoted to researching or eradicating them, Infested is sure to inspire at least a nibble of respect for these tenacious creaturesandmdash;while also ensuring that you will peek beneath the sheets with prickly apprehension.

"Synopsis" by , andlt;B andgt;IN THIS REISSUED PAPERBACK EDITION WITH A NEW EPILOGUE, CARL ZIMMER REVEALS THE POWER, DANGER, AND BEAUTY OF PARASITES.andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;For centuries, parasites have lived in nightmares, horror stories, and the darkest shadows of science. In andlt;I andgt;Parasite Rexandlt;/Iandgt;, Carl Zimmer takes readers on a fantastic voyage into the secret universe of these extraordinary life-formsand#8212;which are not only among the most highly evolved on Earth, but make up the majority of lifeand#8217;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. He also vividly describes 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 universeand#8212;the laws of Parasite Rex.
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