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Adam's Curse by Bryan Sykes
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Feb 05, 2009

Sykes, a geneticist at Oxford who studies DNA to help explain human history, explored mDNA and the origins of women in The Seven Daughters of Eve. Here, he turns to their stronger or weaker half, depending on who's talking. He draws from different scientific fields to map out the battle between the sexes at its tiniest level. Some parts are riveting, other parts are too speculative: is homosexuality really a subversive matriarchal tactic? Overall, Sykes fascinates with asides that resemble those of the best science writers, but leaves too many vague ideas about genetic determinism floating around. Still, it's a compelling read, the "dark side of the maternal tale" told in his previous book (Cleveland Plain Dealer).

This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.


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