Adam's Curse: A Future Without Men

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Corgi Books, 2004 - Evolutionary genetics - 383 pages
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Genetically speaking, the only difference between men and women is that where women have two X chromosomes, men have one X and one Y. It is surprising that one chromosome difference out of our total of forty-six can have such an important consequence, but it does. Is this relatively small genetic variance really sufficient to explain the huge differences between the sexes, not just the physical but the psychological, social, even cultural? Drawing on his own work at the forefront of modern genetics and the exciting theories of evolutionary biology, Bryan Sykes explores the mysteries of the science of sex and gender, and takes a scientific look at what makes men tick. He addresses the most basic issues of why there are only two sexes in humans and, even, why there is sex at all. He also raises more far-reaching questions, such as: Is there a genetic cause for men's greed, aggression and promiscuity? Is there such a thing as the male homosexual gene?

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User Review  - MarthaJeanne - LibraryThing

Sykes has lost me in the first chapter. Yes, it's pretty impressive that so many men named Sykes have the same Y chromosone. But to say that therefore 99% of the wives had no other sexual contact is a ... Read full review

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An informative book told in an amusing anecdotal style. Perfect for the biologist chemist or DNA enthusiast Sykes second book manages to teach without being too technical and strives to entertain without sounding foolish. It is a quick read for anyone with a basic introduction to genetics. Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Bryan Sykes is professor of genetics at the Institute of Molecular Medicine at Oxford University & was the editor of "The Human Inheritance: Genes, Language, & Evolution".

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