April 15, 2010

Not for the squeamish

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

Parasites are truly amazing creatures. They are uniquely designed to survive the immune system of their hosts. Zimmer's descriptions of how parasites evolve, invade, reproduce, and influence their hosts' behaviour are fascinating, alarming and repulsive. But they are essential for the health of our planet.
Though the book was written for an adult audience, junior entomologists with high vocabularies will find it very intriguing. Includes an extensive bibliography and scary photos.

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