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

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We treat disease as our enemy, and germs and infections as things we battle. But what if we ve been giving them a bum rap? In this witty, engaging book, evolutionary biologist Zuk makes us rethink our instincts as she argues that disease is our partner, not our foe.From the earliest days of life on earth -- parasites spurred the creation of complex life forms -- disease has evolved alongside us, becoming not only natural but essential to our health. Drawing on the latest research and most unusual studies, Zuk explains the role of disease in answering a fascinating range of questions: Why do men die younger than women? Why are we attracted to our mates? Why does your 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 vultures have yellow heads and roosters have red wattles? Why do we have sex at all, rather than simply splitting off copies of ourselves like certain geckoes? And how is our obsession with cleanliness making us sicker?

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Paperback. Pub Date: 2008 Pages: 336 Publisher: Mariner Books We treat disease as our enemy and GERMS and Infections as Things WE battle but what if we ve been Giving them a Bum Rap In this witty engaging book. evolutionary biologist Zuk makes us rethink our instincts as she argues that disease is our partner. not our foe.From the earliest days of life on earth - parasites spurred the creation of complex life forms - disease has evolved alongside us. becoming not only natural but essential to our health. Drawing on the latest research and most unusual studies. Zuk explains the role of disease in answering a fascinating range of questions: Why do men die younger than women Why are we attracted to our mates Why does your 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 vultures have yellow heads and ...

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"Zuk's book makes disease scintillating, wryly amusing and even sexy. Her enthusiasm and a hundred examples propel the reader to a deeper understanding of Darwinian medicine and the nature of life."

"What's eating you? Or to put it more politely, "sharing your space," which happens to be your body? The answers are oddly consoling in evolutionary biologist Marlene Zuk's witty "disease appreciation" course... [B]eguiling."

"In this fascinating book, Marlene Zuk - who happens to be one of the most talented scientists writing for the general public today - illuminates our long and surprisingly intimate relationship with the pathogens that live around us and inside us. I loved "Riddled with Life" right down to its funny last line."

"Zuk''s book makes disease scintillating, wryly amusing and even sexy. Her enthusiasm and a hundred examples propel the reader to a deeper understanding of Darwinian medicine and the nature of life."

"What''s eating you? Or to put it more politely, "sharing your space," which happens to be your body? The answers are oddly consoling in evolutionary biologist Marlene Zuk''s witty "disease appreciation" course... [B]eguiling."

"RIDDLED WITH LIFE is a book full of astonishing stories. We are only beginning to appreciate the bizarre natural history of parasites and diseases, and their unexpected and subtle effects. Marlene Zuk has a majestic command of her diverse material, and an eloquent story-telling style. If she does not change your mind about cooling fevers, eating sushi and keeping cats, I''ll eat my hat (the bacteria in it will keep hay fever at bay)."

"[Zuk] understands that invasive creatures are, like thunderstorms, earthquakes, and gravity, irreducible parts of the human environment. Living the good life, to Zuk, means reaching a kind of detente with the creatures that live around and in us... Her insight into disease is that, though some invasive microorganisms should be controlled, others can be endured, and still others may actually be helpful."

PRAISE FOR "RIDDLED WITH LIFE" "Fascinating."--Natalie Angier, "The New York Times "
"What's eating you? Or to put it more politely, 'sharing your space, ' which happens to be your body? The answers are oddly consoling in evolutionary biologist Marlene Zuk's witty 'disease appreciation' course . . . Beguiling."--"O, The Oprah Magazine "

PRAISE FOR"RIDDLED WITH LIFE" "Fascinating."--Natalie Angier, "The New York Times"

"What's eating you? Or to put it more politely, 'sharing your space, ' which happens to be your body? The answers are oddly consoling in evolutionary biologist Marlene Zuk's witty 'disease appreciation' course . . . Beguiling."--"O, The Oprah Magazine"

PRAISE FOR "RIDDLED WITH LIFE" "Fascinating."--Natalie Angier, "The New York Times "
"What's eating you? Or to put it more politely, 'sharing your space, ' which happens to be your body? The answers are oddly consoling in evolutionary biologist Marlene Zuk's witty 'disease appreciation' course . . . Beguiling."--"O, The Oprah Magazine "

PRAISE FOR "RIDDLED WITH LIFE""Fascinating."--Natalie Angier, "The New York Times "
"What's eating you? Or to put it more politely, 'sharing your space, ' which happens to be your body? The answers are oddly consoling in evolutionary biologist Marlene Zuk's witty 'disease appreciation' course . . . Beguiling."--"O, The OprahMagazine ""

PRAISE FOR "RIDDLED WITH LIFE"
"Fascinating."--Natalie Angier, "The New York Times "
"What's eating you? Or to put it more politely, 'sharing your space, ' which happens to be your body? The answers are oddly consoling in evolutionary biologist Marlene Zuk's witty 'disease appreciation' course . . . Beguiling."--"O, The OprahMagazine ""

PRAISE FOR RIDDLED WITH LIFE
"Fascinating."--Natalie Angier, The New York Times
"What's eating you? Or to put it more politely, 'sharing your space, ' which happens to be your body? The answers are oddly consoling in evolutionary biologist Marlene Zuk's witty 'disease appreciation' course . . . Beguiling."--O, The OprahMagazine "

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