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Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous… (original 2000; edição 2001)

por Carl Zimmer (Autor)

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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.
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Título:Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures
Autores:Carl Zimmer (Autor)
Informação:Atria Books (2001), Edition: Illustrated, 320 pages
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Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures por Carl Zimmer (2000)

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    Peeps por Scott Westerfeld (fyrefly98)
    fyrefly98: Peeps is a fun novel that makes vampirism into a parasitic infection, based on the biology presented in Parasite Rex.
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Parasites are the most incredible, most manipulative organisms on earth. They are smarter than you and me and more conniving than anyone you know. This book isn't as sensational as I wanted to be, probably to its credit. ( )
  uncleflannery | May 16, 2020 |
Well-written and interesting. ( )
  ElentarriLT | Mar 24, 2020 |
I picked up this book, not expecting much. The book was written in 2000, and these types of books tend to be hit or miss, mostly miss. Instead what I found was a very well written book, that will creep a reader out, as well as keep a reader fascinated. The history of parasite research (Darwin thought they were the lowest of the low) was something I never considered before.

What I found amazing is just how modern this book is. It was written 20 years ago, and parasitology has advanced, but it covered many things that are only now been completely understood (such as immune response to parasites might cure certain types of diseases).

The author clearly did his research. The interviews with various scientists, from parasite catalogers to geneticists, cover the spectrum of researchers studying parasites. And some of the parasite techniques, such as changing fish behavior to be more noticeable to birds, is downright scary. This is NOT a book for the squeamish, but give this 20 year old book a chance, it has stood the test of time. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Dec 29, 2019 |
My takeaways from this book are: Parasites are amazing and terrifying and we all have toxoplasmosis. ( )
  tldegray | Sep 21, 2018 |
One of the year's most fascinating works of popular science is also its most disgusting. From tapeworms to isopods to ichneumon wasps, "parasites are complex, highly adapted creatures that are at the heart of the story of life." Zimmer (At the Water's Edge) devotes his second book to the enormous variety of one- and many-celled organisms that live on and inside other animals and plants. The gruesome trypanosomes that cause sleeping sickness had nearly been routed from Sudan when the country's civil war began: now they're back. Costa Rican researcher Daniel Brooks has discovered dozens of parasites, including flies that lay eggs in deer noses: "snot bots." And those are only the creatures from the prologue. Zimmer discusses how the study of parasites began, with 19th-century discoveries about their odd life cycles. (Many take on several forms in several generations, so that a mother worm may resemble her granddaughter, but not her daughter.) He looks at how parasites pass from host to host, and how they defeat immune systems and vice versa. Many parasites alter their hosts' behavior: Toxoplasma makes infected rats fearless, thus more likely to be eaten by cats, who will then pick up the microbe. Quantifiable "laws of virulence" lead parasites to become nasty enough to spread, yet not so nasty as to wipe out all their hosts. And eons of coevolution can affect both partners: howler monkeys may avoid violent fights because screwworms can render the least scratch fatal. Two final chapters address parasites in human medicine and agriculture. Not only are parasites not all bad, Zimmer concludes in this exemplary work of popular science, but we may be parasites, tooDand we have a lot to learn from them about how to manage earth, the host we share
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
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