“Parasites are the force of evolution with which you are not playing.” – Tuomas Aivelo
The story of people and parasites is a story of coexistence. We have always shared our body with other organisms. As a species, we have adapted not only to our parasites, but also to harmless and beneficial bacteria.
Changes in our environment, whether social or environmental, have always affected how humans and their parasites coexist. Advances in medicine have freed us from some of the nuisances, but significant global change may reverse this progress.
Will climate change increase or decrease the annoying parasites around us? Will infectious diseases become more aggressive and antibiotics weaker?
Endless Parasites takes the reader on a journey into the human body and biodiversity, looking at the world from the perspective of viruses, bacteria and intestinal worms – a different kind of reality.
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“Every page of this book, written about a surprising, and even unexpected topic, oozes with the author’s enthusiasm and love for his topic. […] After reading this book, you observe the world and its bustling life with new eyes.”– From the Finlandia Non-Fiction Prize nomination
Tuomas Aivelo is a Finnish evolutionary biologist and ecologist who has travelled the world in search of parasites. He also is a popular blogger who likes to engage in citizen science. Endless Parasites was shortlisted for the Finlandia Non-Fiction Prize 2018 and it received honorary mentions for theLauri Jäntti Prize and the Finnish Science Book of the Year.