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Science of Desire: 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 signi
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Published January 11th 2011 by Touchstone (first published 1994)
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Vance Woods
This is a decent read for those who have opinions on one of the thornier issues of our time, but who don't necessarily know the science involved. While the science is still a bit robust in places for me, the author manages to cut to the chase while providing some interesting insights into the ways we think about genetics in relation to other, more philosophical subjects: morality, law, religion, etc. And there is no false bravado here: Hamer admits that his experiment still leaves many questions ...more
Very clear, well-written and concise. Hamer simplifies the topic for ease of consumption by a lay audience while still adhering strictly to the science. He also makes a point of regularly pointing out both the strengths and limitations of the research that his lab did, lest anyone misunderstand his work or try to take it in inappropriate directions. A must read for those interested in the subject.
Hazel Edwards
When I'm writing fiction, I try to read broadly about the facts in an area, so I was interested in the gender genes research after co-writing our YA novel' f2m:the boy within' Our novel has an ftm character who transitions gender. However, I found this 'Science of Desire' book irritating mainly as the writer was researching in the area of a gene for homosexuality but almost avoided mentioned females. it was published in the early nineties and some attitudes and ways of researching may have chan ...more
Luis Branco
This was a very interesting book to read. It doesn't solve the trouble related to homosexuality, but it opened a new window through which we all must look at these issues. It is not an easy position for any side. Hope to see more development in this respect.
Le Connell
A very engaging narration of Dean Hamer's 1992 search for a genetic linkage to sexual orientation.
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