Parasite Rex

Parasite Rex

Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures

Book - 2000
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A tour of the strange and bizarre world that parasites inhabit. It follows researchers in parasitology as they attempt to penetrate the mysteries of these creatures who can control evolution, ecosystems and maybe even the human race.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2000.
ISBN: 9780684856384
0684856387
Branch Call Number: 591.7/ZIMM
Characteristics: 298p. 24cm.

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Adzebill
Oct 31, 2011

Fascinating overview, and high quality science writing, with good approachable summaries of current research. Zimmer makes excellent points about how the notion of parasite is being redefined to remove the 'yuk' factor, so that humans can be seen as a kind of parasite—even possibly learning something about the stewardship of the Earth from our fellow parasites. There's a bonus NZ mention of Curtis Lively's work on the evolution of sex in indigenous aquatic snails.

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