Adam's Curse by Bryan Sykes
A Future without Men

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The inside story of the Y chromosome's fatal flaw, as told by one of the world's leading geneticists.

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.

About Bryan Sykes

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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".
Published January 1, 2003 by Bantam Press. 320 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Well-known Oxford geneticist Sykes (The Seven Daughters of Eve ), in this lively and thought-provoking book, gives a genetic twist to the battle between the sexes.

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In our violent history, the more aggressive Y chromosomes prevailed: he traces specific Y chromosomes back to conquering warriors who populated their lands (including, he theorizes, Genghis Kahn).

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