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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By (author) Carl Zimmer

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  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 23mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 14 January 2002
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 074320011X
  • ISBN 13: 9780743200110
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 42,928

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For decades parasites were the pariahs of science. Only recently have biologists begun to appreciate that these diverse and complex organisms are the most highly evolved life forms on earth. In this work, Carl Zimmer takes the reader on a tour of the strange and bizzare world that parasites inhabit, and recounts the voyages of these wonders of creation. Parasites can: rewrite DNA; rewire the brain; genetically engineer viruses as weapons; and turn healthy hosts into the living dead. This book follows researchers in parasitology as they attempt to penetrate the mysteries of these omnipotent creatures who control evolution, ecxosystems, and perhaps the future of the human race.

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Carl Zimmer is a senior editor at DISCOVER magazine. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Everett Clark Award for science journalism in 1994 and the American Institute of Biological Sciences Media Award in 1997.

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Susan Adams"Forbes"Zimmer is such an accomplished, vivid writer that he is able to weave these revolting beasts into an engrossing story that you will read to the last page.