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Author Biography: Bryan Sykes is professor of genetics at the Institute of Molecular Medicine at Oxford University and the author of the national bestseller The Seven Daughters of Eve. He lives in England.
|1||The Original Mr Sykes||5|
|2||The Lonely Chromosome||19|
|3||Ribbons of Life||31|
|4||The Last Embrace||41|
|5||Sex and the Single Chromosome||47|
|6||How to Make a Man||60|
|7||Sex Tips from Fish||74|
|8||Why Bother with Sex?||80|
|9||The Ideal Republic||91|
|10||The Sense of Sex||103|
|11||The Separation of the Sexes||108|
|12||A War on Two Fronts||118|
|13||A Rage to Persuade||122|
|14||Men of the World||129|
|15||Blood of the Vikings||150|
|16||The Y-chromosome of Somhairle Mor||163|
|17||The Great Khan||183|
|18||The Old School Register||188|
|19||The Eleven Daughters of Tracy Lewis||205|
|20||The Slaughter of the Innocents||221|
|21||The Rise of the Tyrant||225|
|22||The Sperm of Tara||242|
|23||The Gay Gene Revisited||254|
|25||Lifting the Curse||282|
Posted April 13, 2004
I couldn't put this one down. The author untangles the mysteries of the Y chromosome and mitochondrial DNA to show that actual genes, not only living organisms, compete for survival. He shows how mitochondrial DNA can be used to trace a family line back hundreds of generations, and how some women appear to have DNA that fights for survival by causing the women in the family to produce offspring of only one gender or the other. He suggests that the decay of the 'Y' chromosome over the millennia may ultimately lead to a situation where males are extinct. (And, NO, you do not have to be a radical lesbian separatist to find this concept very interesting.) You don't have to be a whiz at genetics to enjoy this one. I certainly am not.
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Posted September 2, 2004
The contents were written in a very reader friendly style, and easy to understand. He explained the various aspects of the genes, X and Y Chromosome from thier discovery, their physical characteristics to their effects on the human history. Although sometimes I find Mr. Sykes a little too long winded, it is still a very interesting book to be read by anyone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 6, 2009
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