Though bed bugs today have infested the globe, the common bed bug is not a new pest at all.
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Indeed, as Brooke Borel reveals in this unusual history, this most-reviled species may date back over , years, wreaking havoc on our collective psyche while even inspiring art, literature, and musicandmdash;in addition to vexatious red welts. She travels to meet with scientists who are rearing bed bug coloniesandmdash;even by feeding them with their own blood ouch!
She explores the history of bed bugs and their apparent disappearance in the s after the introduction of DDT, charting how current infestations have flourished in direct response to human chemical use as well as the ease of global travel.
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She also introduces us to the economics of bed bug infestations, from hotels to homes to office buildings, and the expansive industry that has arisen to combat them. Hiding during the day in the nooks and seams of mattresses, box springs, bed frames, headboards, dresser tables, wallpaper, or any clutter around a bed, bed bugs are thriving and eager for their next victim.
By providing fascinating details on bed bug science and behavior as well as a captivating look into the lives of those devoted to researching or eradicating them, Infested is sure to inspire at least a nibble of respect for these tenacious creaturesandmdash;while also ensuring that you will peek beneath the sheets with prickly apprehension. Zimmer loves his subject, and his treatment is gentle rather than sensational: the understatement only heightens the horror. He has demonstrated once again his ability to present scientific concepts in arresting, understandable prose.
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.
Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures
These organisms are even more subtle and challenging enemies, and Zimmer provides an excellent introduction to them. 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. In Parasite Rex, Carl Zimmer deftly balances the scientific and the disgusting as he takes readers on a fantastic voyage.
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Traveling from the steamy jungles of Costa Rica to the fetid parasite haven of southern Sudan, Zimmer graphically brings to life how parasites can change DNA, rewire the brain, make men more distrustful and women more outgoing, and turn hosts into the living dead. This thorough, gracefully written book brings parasites out into the open and uncovers what they can teach us about the most fundamental survival tactics in the universe.
For centuries, parasites have lived in nightmares, horror stories, and the darkest shadows of science. In Parasite Rex , Carl Zimmer takes readers on a fantastic voyage into the secret universe of these extraordinary life-forms--which are not only among the most highly evolved on Earth, but make up the majority of life's diversity.
Traveling from the steamy jungles of Costa Rica to the parasite-riddled war zone of southern Sudan, Zimmer introduces an array of amazing creatures that invade their hosts, prey on them from within, and control their behavior. He also vividly describes parasites that can change DNA, rewire the brain, make men more distrustful and women more outgoing, and turn hosts into the living dead.
This comprehensive, gracefully written book brings parasites out into the open and uncovers what they can teach us all about the most fundamental survival tactics in the universe--the laws of Parasite Rex. Should we destroy all parasites, or are parasites a necessary element of the ecosystem?
Carl Zimmer is a popular science writer and a blogger. His main sphere of interest is the study of evolution and parasites.
Zimmer is the author of several books. He also writes about science regularly for the New York Times and magazines such as Discover, where he is a contributing editor and columnist.
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