Adam's Curse: A Future Without Men

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2004 - Science - 318 pages
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Male reproductive fragility has been the subject of much highly publicized recent research. Is it possible, asked the New York Times, that men face extinction? Bryan Sykes examines the validity of these shocking reports, focusing on the defining characteristic of men: the Y chromosome in their DNA. Guiding his readers through chapters like "The Blood of Vikings" and "Ribbons of Life," Sykes masterfully blends natural history with scientific fact, elucidating the biology of sexual reproduction, modern genetics, and evolutionary biology. He reveals that, while the Y chromosome makes man's existence possible, it also carries within it the seeds of his destruction. Timely and fascinating, this major work covers a wealth of controversial topics, including whether there is a genetic cause for male greed, aggression, and promiscuity; the possible existence of a male homosexual gene; and what, if anything, can be done to save men from a slow, but certain, extinction.
  

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Review: Adam's Curse: The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Destiny

User Review  - Avinash C Mishra - Goodreads

Science as interesting as an adventurous novel. Excellent read. Read full review

Review: Adam's Curse: The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Destiny

User Review  - Tim Weakley - Goodreads

The decline of the Y chromosome. Not sure I'm buying what Sykes is selling in this one, but I lack the background. Read full review

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Contents

Prologue
1
The Original Mr Sykes
5
The Lonely Chromosome
19
Ribbons of Life
31
The Last Embrace
41
Sex and the Single Chromosome
47
How to Make a Man
60
Sex Tips from Fish
74
Men of the World
129
Blood of the Vikings
150
The Ychromosome of Somhairle Mor
163
The Great Khan
183
The Old School Register
188
The Eleven Daughters of Tracy lewis
205
The Slaughter of the Innocents
221
The Rise of the Tyrant
225

Why Bother with Sex?
80
The Ideal Republic
91
The Sense of Sex
103
The Separation of the Sexes
108
A War on Two Fronts
118
A Rage to Persuade
122
The Sperm of Tara
242
The Gay Gene Revisited
254
Gaias Revenge
274
Lifting the Curse
282
Index
307
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Bryan Sykes is professor of genetics at the Institute of Molecular Medicine at Oxford University.

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