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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 won the Everett Clark Award for Science Journalism in 1994 and the American Institute of Biological Sciences Media Award in 1997.

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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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Christopher Wills author of "Yellow Fever, Black Goddess" Bacteria and viruses have received all the press when it comes to plagues. In this vividly written book, Carl Zimmer explores the complex world of worms, protozoa and other terrifying creatures that pose an equally great public health threat around the world. These organisms are even more subtle and challenging enemies, and Zimmer provides an excellent introduction to them. Deborah Gordon Stanford University, author of "Ants at Work" This is an excellent book. Zimmer uses vivid, fast-paced stories to show how parasites transform lives and alter the course of evolution. Paul Hoffman author of "The Man Who Loved Only Numbers" Carl Zimmer is one of the finest, most engaging science journalists today. He has demonstrated once again his ability to present scientific concepts in arresting, understandable prose. Henry Gee Senior Editor at "Nature" and author of "In Search of Deep Time" As Zimmer shows, parasites are the real drivers of evolution: we live at best only arm's length from the unseen creatures that control our lives. Zimmer loves his subject, and his treatment is gentle rather than sensational: the understatement only heightens the horror. Read "Parasite Rex" and shudder -- your dinner-party conversations will never be the same again. Mark Ridley "The New Scientist" A nonstop delight...Zimmer is a colorful writer, and takes full advantage of the macabre natural history of parasites. 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. Kevin Padian "The New York Times" With "Parasite Rex, " Zimmer proves himself as fine a science essayist as we have. Michael Harris "Los Angeles Times" A model of liveliness and clarity...a book capable of changing how we see the world. Michael Harris"Los Angeles Times"A model of liveliness and clarity...a book capable of changing how we see the world. Kevin Padian"The New York Times"With "Parasite Rex, " Zimmer proves himself as fine a science essayist as we have. Mark Ridley"The New Scientist"A nonstop delight...Zimmer is a colorful writer, and takes full advantage of the macabre natural history of parasites. 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. 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. Mark Ridley The New Scientist A nonstop delight...Zimmer is a colorful writer, and takes full advantage of the macabre natural history of parasites. Kevin Padian The New York Times With Parasite Rex, Zimmer proves himself as fine a science essayist as we have. Michael Harris Los Angeles Times A model of liveliness and clarity...a book capable of changing how we see the world. Mark Ridley"The New Scientist"A nonstop delight...Zimmer is a colorful writer, and takes full advantage of the macabre natural history of parasites. Michael Harris"Los Angeles Times"A model of liveliness and clarity...a book capable of changing how we see the world. Kevin Padian"The New York Times"With "Parasite Rex," Zimmer proves himself as fine a science essayist as we have. 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.

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