Science of Desire: The Gay Gene and the Biology of Behavior

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 11, 2011 - Science - 272 pages
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A compelling behind-the-scenes look at cutting-edge scientific inquiry, as well as a brilliant examination of the ramifications of genetic research, The Science of Desire is a lasting resource in the increasingly significant debate over the role that genetics plays in our lives.

In July 1993, a scientific event made front-page news: the discovery that genetics plays a significant role in determining homosexuality. In The Science of Desire, Dean Hamer—the scientist behind the groundbreaking study—tells the inside story of how the discovery was made and what it means, not only for our understanding of sexuality, but for human behavior in general.

In this accessible and remarkably clear book, Dean Hamer expands on the account of his history-making research to explore the scientific, social, and ethical issues raised by his findings. Dr. Hamer addresses such tough questions as whether it would be possible or ethical to test in utero for the gay gene; whether genetic manipulation could or should be used to alter a person's sexuality; and how a gay gene could have survived evolution.

A compelling behind-the-scenes look at cutting-edge scientific inquiry, as well as a brilliant examination of the ramifications of genetic research, The Science of Desire is a lasting resource in the increasingly significant debate over the role that genetics plays in our lives.
 

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After reading books by Charles Darwin and Richard Lewontin, Hamer (a yeast geneticist at the National Cancer Institute) discovered that little is known about behavioral genetics in humans. He was ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
13
The Search for a Gay Gene
17
The Study and the Team
39
Whos Gay?
52
Building Family Trees
74
A Mothers Legacy
91
Looking for Linkage
105
The Harvard Crucible
123
Sissies Freud and Sex Acts
164
Evolution
180
Beyond Sex
187
Implications of a Gay Gene
207
A Linkage Between DNA Markers on the X
223
Interview Questionnaire
234
Notes
244
Sources and Further Reading
250

Going Public
134
Genes Hormones and the Brain
149

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