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Sex, Love and DNA: What Molecular Biology Teaches Us About Being Human

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Can the discoveries of 21st-century molecular biology answer age-old questions about the human experience? Can studying proteins and DNA help us understand how we make our choices in sex and love? How we communicate? Why some people are able to become top athletes, while others have the intellectual gifts to become outstanding scientists or artists? Where our emotions come ...more
Paperback, 382 pages
Published September 25th 2014 by Olingo Press
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Stu Sweetow
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“Can studying DNA help us understand how we make our choices in sex and love?” This is one of the questions that Schattner attempts to answer in his book.

He draws upon real-world examples of gene variants that may be responsible for some human disorders. For example, he reports on research indicating that some causes of autism could be the result of impaired oxytocin signaling, which led to some physicians treating autistic children with oxytocin. In another study, Schattner cites research in a
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Paula
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I reviewed this book for NetGalley.

One of the kindest acts is to share extensive and hard-earned knowledge with others. Dr. Peter Schattner, an eminent physicist and molecular biologist, has graciously and generously shared his knowledge humanity through the lens of his studies in science, especially molecular biology. This is best summed up by a quote from the preface of the book: "I realized that I wanted to help nonbiologists appreciate the beauty and profound implications of this exciting ne
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Angelica Suarez
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Sex, Love and DNA. It was interesting to learn why some people have an immunity to certain diseases such as AIDS. The experiment that actually cured one HIV infected person was a mind-blower. Each chapter reveals interesting facts about our biological and genetic makeup and how it affects our intellect, emotions, and immunity. I appreciated that the technical terminology and explanations were followed by stories, especially those that solved certain high profile myst ...more
Steven Miller
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm one of those people who doesn't believe that DNA explains everything. I think its a common but cheap trick to wrap scientific discussion around the gimmick of sex -- like the junior high joke of "SEX -- now that I've got your attention....." And I'm really annoyed when highly technical writers pretend to be creating something for the general public. Peter Schattner avoids all three sink holes. While laying down a very strong argument that DNA (in its various forms) plays a huge role, he repe ...more
Abhinav
We often think that we are the masters of our life and that we have the truest form of free will. However, Peter Schattner's collected review chapters based on thorough cutting-edge research makes us question the very basis of free will. From choosing to change one's sex to deciding who we spend our lives with, from the epidemiology of life threatening diseases to unexpected cures, Schattner covers them all and makes his work seem more like a textbook reference than a light read book for a casua ...more
Jim Phillips
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As a retired techie, it's fascinating finding out what's happened in molecular biology and genetics over the last several years. The breadth and depth of information presented in a very accessible manner with lots of down to earth examples is impressive.
Marc
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent, clear explanations of a somewhat difficult topic. Very well written and researched.
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Peter Schattner is a scientist, educator and writer with over 30 years of research experience that spanning diverse fields from molecular biology and genetics to biomedical instrumentation and theoretical physics. His work in molecular biology has ranged from designing computer programs that detect functional non-protein elements in DNA to developing algorithms that identify DNA regulatory regions ...more
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