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

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

by Carl Zimmer

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Overview

IN THIS REISSUED PAPERBACK EDITION WITH A NEW EPILOGUE, CARL ZIMMER REVEALS THE POWER, DANGER, AND BEAUTY OF PARASITES.

For centuries, parasites have lived in nightmares, horror stories, and the darkest shadows of science. In Parasite Rex, Carl Zimmer takes readers on a fantastic voyage into the secret universe of these extraordinary life-forms—which are not only among the most highly evolved on Earth, but make up the majority of life’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 universe—the laws of Parasite Rex.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743200110
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 11/09/2001
Edition description: 1 TOUCHSTO
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 355,091
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Carl Zimmer is the author of At the Water's Edge and a frequent contributor to Discover, National Geographic, Natural History, Nature, and Science. He is a winner of the Everett Clark Award for science journalism and the American Institute of Biological Sciences Media Award. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Contents

Prologue: A Vein Is a River
First sightings of the inner world
  1. Nature's Criminals

    How parasites came to be hated by just about everyone
  2. Terra Incognita

    Swimming through the heart, fighting to the death

    inside a caterpillar, and other parasitic adventures
  3. The Thirty Years' War

    How parasites provoke, manipulate, and get intimate

    with our immune system
  4. A Precise Horror

    How parasites turn their hosts into castrated slaves,

    drink blood, and manage to change the balance of nature
  5. The Great Step Inward

    Four billion years in the reign of Parasite Rex
  6. Evolution from Within

    The peacock's tail, the origin of species, and other battles

    against the rules of evolution
  7. The Two-Legged Host

    How Homo sapiens grew up with creatures inside
  8. How to Live in a Parasitic World

    A sick planet, and how the most newly arrived parasite

    can be part of a cure



Glossary

Notes

Further Reading and Selected Bibliography

Acknowledgments

Index

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