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Parasite Rex

IMAGINE A WORLD WHERE parasites control the minds of their hosts, sending them to their destruction.

IMAGINE A WORLD WHERE parasites are masters of chemical warfare and camouflage, able to cloak themselves with their hosts' own molecules.

IMAGINE A WORLD WHERE parasites steer the course of evolution, where the majority of species are parasites.


For centuries, parasites have lived in nightmares, horror stories, and in the darkest shadows of science. Yet these creatures are among the world's most successful and sophisticated organisms…

Submitted:Dec 3, 2006
Author:Carl Zimmer
Brand:Free Press
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9 diggs • 0 comments • Dec 3, 2006

Amazing Book - Parasites that literally take over the brains of animals!

If you liked the video of the fungus that can take over an ant's brain, this book is full of such stories. Toxoplasma makes infected rats fearless, thus more likely to be eaten by cats, who will then pick up the microbe. Screwworms can render the least scratch fatal, causing their hosts (monkeys) to stay safe, thus preserving the parasite as well.