The Science of Desire by Dean Hamer
The Search for the Gay Gene and the Biology of Behavior

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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.
 

About Dean Hamer

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Hamer is Chief of the Section on Gene Structure and Regulation in the Department of Biochemistry at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.
 
Published January 11, 2011 by Touchstone. 272 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, Self Help. Non-fiction

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Hamer's account offers a glimpse into both the collegiality and the politics of science, and there's a delightful chapter on a confrontation he had at Harvard with critics of his research.

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A chronicle of the scientific investigation through which Hamer, a researcher at the National Cancer Institute, came to the controversial conclusion that he had discovered the ``gay gene.'' (Dec.)

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In this admirably lucid and surprisingly lively book, Hamer, chief of genetic research at the National Cancer Institute, assisted by Copeland, a correspondent for the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain, recounts his discovery of a pattern on the X chromosome that, in families with two gay brothers, 3...

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