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In this accessible and remarkably clear book, Dean Hamer expands on the account of his history-making ...
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.
Front-page headlines last July reported the discovery of a gene marker for male homosexuality. Now the scientist who made the discovery describes his history-making research and the far-reaching implications of this first genetic link to behavior.
|1||The Search for a "Gay Gene"||17|
|2||The Study and the Team||39|
|4||Building Family Trees||74|
|5||A Mother's Legacy||91|
|6||Looking for Linkage||105|
|7||The Harvard Crucible||123|
|9||Biological Mechanisms: Genes, Hormones, and the Brain||149|
|10||Psychological Mechanisms: Sissies, Freud, and Sex Acts||164|
|13||Beyond the Lab: Implications of a "Gay Gene"||207|
|Appendix A: A Linkage Between DNA Markers on the X Chromosome and Male Sexual Orientation||223|
|Appendix B: Interview Questionnaire||234|
|Sources and Further Reading||250|