Sex, Drugs and DNA: Science's Taboos Confronted [NOOK Book]

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In a frank, edgy and entertaining style that pulls no punches this book reveals the truth about modern biology and debunks the commonest myths surrounding some of the most controversial topics in science and health. It says what most scientists and politicians are afraid to say about what research can and, perhaps more importantly, cannot deliver on topics ranging from sexuality, race and genetic modification to stem cells, cloning, modern ...
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Overview


In a frank, edgy and entertaining style that pulls no punches this book reveals the truth about modern biology and debunks the commonest myths surrounding some of the most controversial topics in science and health. It says what most scientists and politicians are afraid to say about what research can and, perhaps more importantly, cannot deliver on topics ranging from sexuality, race and genetic modification to stem cells, cloning, modern medicine, fertility treatment, creationism and bioterrorism.

Having worked at the heart of government science, at the most prestigious science publishing company in the world, and in one of the world's leading biology institutions the author has a unique view of the politics, culture and reach of science. He illustrates how we are facing dangerous times where political agendas and public misunderstanding are hobbling truly novel work and hence calls for wide reaching changes in science education, funding, publishing and promulgation.
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"Gutsy and in-your-face, Stebbins talks about science like it's never been talked about before. Prepare to be offended - and enlightened."—Chris Mooney, author of The Republican War on Science

"A take-no-prisoners look at some of the most controversial issues of our generation."—Gina Smith, author of The Genomics Age

"A science meets political polemic that travels at breakneck speed — a real eye-popper. Well worth a look"—www.scienceagogo.com

"FOUR STARS: If you enjoy reading Michael Moore, you will want to read this book too. Without doubt, a book that anyone who really wants science to succeed should read."—www.popularscience.co.uk

"Stebbins makes a good argument and his style is lively and irreverent. He knows what he's talking about too." —Focus Magazine

"You don't need a scientific background to be totally enthralled by this passionate, entertaining and sometimes terrifying book." —Chemistry World

"devilish, funny, outspoken, revealing, and entertaining," —Lab Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230552265
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/4/2006
  • Series: MacSci
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 360
  • File size: 617 KB

Meet the Author


Mike Stebbins is the Director of Biology Policy for the Federation of American Scientists and a former US Congressional Fellow in Science Policy. Before that he was a senior editor at Nature Genetics after being a geneticist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. He has written for Reuters, and numerous scientific journals and has appeared on NPR's All Things Considered. He is an advisor to ScienCentral, a National Science Foundation funded science TV news feed that goes out on the ABC and NBC affiliates and is based in New York. For more information on Dr. Stebbins and the book go to sexdrugsanddna.com.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgements
A Scientist's Life
National Science Day
Stem Cells and Cloning (No We All Can't Just Get Along)
There's Sex...
...And Then There's Sex
Genetically Modified Everything
Race and other Discriminations
Global Warming
Bioterrorism and Other Mayhem
The Coming Pandemic
Drugs
Healthcare
A Letter to Barbara Bush
Science Education
How to Talk To Your Creationist Brother-in-Law About Evolution

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2006

    Holy Sh1t! This is a seriously cool book

    OK, I am so not a science dork, and totally picked this up on a whim after a friend told me about it. I ripped through it in less then a week and finally feel like I understand what all this stuff is about. i have to say I found the author a bit acidy, but that was good. It made me angry about our politicians, our society , you name it. I never knew what hell scientists go through to do their job. Dr. Stebbins relates science in a way that anyone can get it without being patronizing. Stem Cells, Race, Sex, SEX, prescription drugs, school system. It's all here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2006

    Welcome New Voice

    Michael Stebbins is a welcome new voice to a list of informed and concerned science writers like Richard Dawkins, Bill McKibben, Tim Flannery, and Jared Diamond. Mr. Stebbins offers new insights on a wide range of social issues, predicated on scientific study. He is eager to share his considerable knowledge of scientific issues and unabashedly confronts the obfuscations, hypocracies, and misguided beliefs of our current crop of policy makers and population at large. Truth is always refreshing, this book is fresh air.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2006

    A breath of fresh air

    This book is excellent for anyone with the slightest interest in science. It conveys both the problems with todays policies on science and practical solutions. A must-have for scientists, politicians, educators, parents, students.

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