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Riddled with Life Friendly Worms, Ladybug Sex, and the Parasites That Make Us Who We Are

ISBN-10: 0151012253
ISBN-13: 9780151012251
Edition: 2007
Authors: Marlene Zuk
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Description: We think of disease as our enemy, something we try to eradicate; germs and infections are things we battle. But in this witty, engaging book, evolutionary biologist Marlene Zuk reveals that, in fact, disease is our partner, not our foe, and is  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 4/2/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

We think of disease as our enemy, something we try to eradicate; germs and infections are things we battle. But in this witty, engaging book, evolutionary biologist Marlene Zuk reveals that, in fact, disease is our partner, not our foe, and is responsible for everything from how we look to how we have sex. Since the earliest days of life on earth, disease has evolved alongside us. Drawing on the latest research and studies, Zuk explains the role of disease in answering a fascinating range of questions such as: Why do men die younger than women? Why does the average male bird not have a penis? Why do we—and lots of other animals—get STDs? How is our obsession with cleanliness making us sicker? And how can parasites sometimes make us well? Using her own work on sexual selection as well as a sampling of stories from the natural world, Zuk makes us reconsider the fearsome parasite.

MARLENE ZUK is a professor of biology at the University of California, Riverside, where she studies behavior in a variety of animals. She has written articles for numerous publications including the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times .

Introduction
Why Doctors Need Darwin
Friendly Worms and the Price of Victory
Not Such a Bad Case
The Race with Sex that's Never Won
When Sex Makes You Sick
The Sicker Sex
Parasites and Picking the Perfect Partner
When How You Feel is How You Look
Taking Care
Bad, But Not Weird: The Real emerging Diseases
Who's in Charge Here, Anyway?
Acknowledgments
References
Index

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