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

ISBN-10: 0156034689

ISBN-13: 9780156034685

Edition: 2007

Authors: Marlene Zuk

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We treat disease as our enemy. Germs and infections are things we battle. But what if we’ve been giving them a bum rap? From the earliest days of life on earth, disease has evolved alongside us. And its presence isn't justnbsp;natural but is also essential to our health. Drawing on the latest research, Zuk answers a fascinating range of questions about disease: Why do men die younger than women? Why are we attracted to our mates? Why does the average male bird not have a penis? Why do we--as well as insects, birds, pigs, cows, goats, and even plants--get STDs? Why do we have sex at all, rather than simply splitting off copies of ourselves like certain geckos? And how is our obsession with cleanliness making us sicker? In this witty, engaging book, evolutionary biologist Zuk makes us rethink our instincts as she argues that disease is our partner, not our foe. Reconsider the fearsome parasite!
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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 5/12/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

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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