Time, Love, Memory: A Great Biologist and His Quest for the Origins of Behavior

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Vintage Books, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 300 pages
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"A fascinating history--. Literate and authoritative--.Marvelously exciting." --The New York Times Book Review

Jonathan Weiner, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The Beak of the Finch, brings his brilliant reporting skills to the story of Seymour Benzer, the Brooklyn-born maverick scientist whose study of genetics and experiments with fruit fly genes has helped revolutionize or knowledge of the connections between DNA and behavior both animal and human.

How much of our fate is decided before we are born?  Which of our characteristics is inscribed in our DNA? Weiner brings us into Benzer's Fly Rooms at the California Institute of Technology, where Benzer, and his asssociates are in the process of finding answers, often astonishing ones, to these questions. Part biography, part thrilling scientific detective story, Time, Love, Memory forcefully demonstrates how Benzer's studies are changing our world view--and even our lives.

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Time, love, memory: a great biologist and his quest for the origins of behavior

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Armed with only a few test tubes, a light bulb, and 100 fruit flies, physicist-turned-biologist Seymour Bezmour revolutionized molecular biology. Weiner's fascinating book recounts how Bezmour's beautifully simple experiments revealed the genetic origins of human behavior. (LJ 5/15/99) Read full review

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Even though I have not studied biology since 1963, I found this book quite interesting and engaging. I was amazed by how much we humans share with fruit flies. At the same time, I was appalled by what the scientists did to these beings with whom we share so much. Read full review


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About the author (1999)

Also the author of THE BEAK OF THE FINCH, Jonathan Weiner lives in Bucks County, PA.

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