Biology Professor Talks about Parasites, Extinction

June 5, 2009
By Chris Richter

n_zoologistYesterday, WUNC’s program The State of Things talked with NC State biology professor Rob Dunn, right, about parasites and his co-extinction research. Dunn is author of Every Living Thing (HarperCollins, 2008). It’s an excellent book, and he’s very skilled at making science accessible to non-scientists. Dunn has written for publications such as Smithsonian Online, Scientific American and Seed Magazine. He also has a pretty cool Web site.

NC State News Services talked with Dunn about his book earlier this year:

I have always been fascinated by the idea that individual humans through very basic research can fundamentally change what we know about the living world. I find delight in the possibility that there is much, much more that remains to be discovered. We discovered DNA’s structure and consequences just a generation ago and yet, again and again, we seem ready to announce that we mostly understand the living world around us.

(Photograph courtesy of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences)

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