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

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

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Many books provoke a visceral reaction, but few really make you itch. Science writer Carl Zimmer's Parasite Rex does just that, provoking a deliciously creepy sense of paranoia in the reader as it explores a long-misunderstood realm of science. While entomologists love to announce that there are more species of insects than all other animals combined, few parasitologists choose to trump that by reminding us that "parasites may outnumber free-living species four to one." That figure is based on the multicellular chauvinism of the 19th century, which excludes bacteria and fungi from consideration (athlete's foot, anyone?), but Zimmer looks at the E. coli in our guts as well as the worms, flukes, mites, and other critters that earn a healthy living at our expense--and the expense of our domesticated plants and animals.
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ISBN: 9780743200110

Published Date: January 1, 2001

Publisher: Free Press

Language: English

Page Count: 298

Size: 8.02" l x 5.47" w x 0.87"

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Science