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Adam's Curse: A Future Without Men

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ISBN13: 9780393058963
ISBN10: 0393058964
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Male reproductive fragility has been the subject of much highly publicized recent research. Is it possible, asked the New York Times, that men face extinction? Bryan Sykes examines the validity of these shocking reports, focusing on the defining characteristic of men: the Y chromosome in their DNA. Guiding his readers through chapters like "The Blood of Vikings" and "Ribbons of Life," Sykes masterfully blends natural history with scientific fact, elucidating the biology of sexual reproduction, modern genetics, and evolutionary biology. He reveals that, while the Y chromosome makes man's existence possible, it also carries within it the seeds of his destruction. Timely and fascinating, this major work covers a wealth of controversial topics, including whether there is a genetic cause for male greed, aggression, and promiscuity; the possible existence of a male homosexual gene; and what, if anything, can be done to save men from a slow, but certain, extinction.

Review:

"Well-known Oxford geneticist Sykes (The Seven Daughters of Eve), in this lively and thought-provoking book, gives a genetic twist to the battle between the sexes. All human existence, he says, stems from the battle between the X and Y chromosomes to further their own reproduction at the expense of the other. The Y chromosome is passed on only by fathers, while mitochondrial DNA is passed on only by mothers. Sykes shows that many members of several Scottish clans (most notably the Macdonalds) can be traced via their Y chromosomes back to a common ancestor. Researchers have also been able to trace the extent of Viking settlement and intermarriage in the British Isles and northern Europe through Y chromosome distribution. Sykes's argument for a genetic role in homosexuality will undoubtedly be controversial. Using Dean Hamer's pedigrees, he claims that evidence points less to a 'gay gene' than to mitochondrial DNA playing the leading role in a Machiavellian plot to further its own reproduction. Sykes concludes by noting that, as evidenced by declining sperm counts and high percentages of abnormal sperm, among other variables, the Y chromosome is a genetic mess and is deteriorating so quickly that men could become extinct. Those who find that a happy thought will want to snap up this book, as well as readers interested in learning what our chromosomes tell us about where we came from and where we may be headed. 6 illus. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Book News Annotation:

Using an accessible and entertaining style, geneticist Bryan Sykes (Oxford U.) traces the scientific history of the Y chromosome and examines the differences—physical, psychological, and social—between men and women. He describes the inherent instability of the Y chromosome and considers how it may be affecting growing infertility rates. Some controversial topics such as the genetic roots of male aggression and promiscuity and the possible existence of a male homosexual gene are also explored. The volume lacks bibliographical references.
Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Using an accessible and entertaining style, geneticist Bryan Sykes (Oxford U.) traces the scientific history of the Y chromosome and examines the differences—physical, psychological, and social—between men and women. He describes the inherent instability of the Y chromosome and considers how it may be affecting growing infertility rates. Some controversial topics such as the genetic roots of male aggression and promiscuity and the possible existence of a male homosexual gene are also explored. The volume lacks bibliographical references. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The inside story of the Y chromosome's fatal flaw, as told by one of the world's leading geneticists.

Synopsis:

Timely and fascinating, this work covers a wealth of controversial topics, including whether there is a genetic cause for male greed, aggression, and promiscuity; the possible existence of a male homosexual gene; and what, if anything, can be done to save men from a slow, but certain, extinction.

Synopsis:

Male reproductive fragility has been the subject of much highly publicized recent research. Is it possible, asked the , that men face extinction? Bryan Sykes examines the validity of these shocking reports, focusing on the defining characteristic of men: the Y chromosome in their DNA. Guiding his readers through chapters like "The Blood of Vikings" and "Ribbons of Life," Sykes masterfully blends natural history with scientific fact, elucidating the biology of sexual reproduction, modern genetics, and evolutionary biology. He reveals that, while the Y chromosome makes man's existence possible, it also carries within it the seeds of his destruction. Timely and fascinating, this major work covers a wealth of controversial topics, including whether there is a genetic cause for male greed, aggression, and promiscuity; the possible existence of a male homosexual gene; and what, if anything, can be done to save men from a slow, but certain, extinction.

About the Author

Bryan Sykes is professor of genetics at the Institute of Molecular Medicine at Oxford University and the author of the national bestseller The Seven Daughters of Eve. He lives in England.

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Sanela Portland, January 13, 2013 (view all comments by Sanela Portland)
What a fascinating read! A page-turning non-fiction thriller that examines evolution and relationship of sex genes and proves once again that reality, indeed, is stranger then a fiction.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393058963
Subtitle:
A Future without Men
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Author:
Sykes, Bryan
Location:
New York
Subject:
Sex
Subject:
Genetics
Subject:
Anthropology - Physical
Subject:
Human evolution
Subject:
Sociobiology
Subject:
Y Chromosome.
Subject:
Life Sciences - Genetics & Genomics
Subject:
Life Sciences - Human Anatomy & Physiology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution - Human
Subject:
Biology-Genetics
Subject:
Evolution
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
American
Series Volume:
no. 61
Publication Date:
20040417
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.6 x 6.6 x 1.2 in 1.36 lb

Related Subjects

Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Anatomy and Physiology
Science and Mathematics » Biology » Evolution
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Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Genetics

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Product details 336 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393058963 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Well-known Oxford geneticist Sykes (The Seven Daughters of Eve), in this lively and thought-provoking book, gives a genetic twist to the battle between the sexes. All human existence, he says, stems from the battle between the X and Y chromosomes to further their own reproduction at the expense of the other. The Y chromosome is passed on only by fathers, while mitochondrial DNA is passed on only by mothers. Sykes shows that many members of several Scottish clans (most notably the Macdonalds) can be traced via their Y chromosomes back to a common ancestor. Researchers have also been able to trace the extent of Viking settlement and intermarriage in the British Isles and northern Europe through Y chromosome distribution. Sykes's argument for a genetic role in homosexuality will undoubtedly be controversial. Using Dean Hamer's pedigrees, he claims that evidence points less to a 'gay gene' than to mitochondrial DNA playing the leading role in a Machiavellian plot to further its own reproduction. Sykes concludes by noting that, as evidenced by declining sperm counts and high percentages of abnormal sperm, among other variables, the Y chromosome is a genetic mess and is deteriorating so quickly that men could become extinct. Those who find that a happy thought will want to snap up this book, as well as readers interested in learning what our chromosomes tell us about where we came from and where we may be headed. 6 illus. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , The inside story of the Y chromosome's fatal flaw, as told by one of the world's leading geneticists.
"Synopsis" by , Timely and fascinating, this work covers a wealth of controversial topics, including whether there is a genetic cause for male greed, aggression, and promiscuity; the possible existence of a male homosexual gene; and what, if anything, can be done to save men from a slow, but certain, extinction.
"Synopsis" by , Male reproductive fragility has been the subject of much highly publicized recent research. Is it possible, asked the , that men face extinction? Bryan Sykes examines the validity of these shocking reports, focusing on the defining characteristic of men: the Y chromosome in their DNA. Guiding his readers through chapters like "The Blood of Vikings" and "Ribbons of Life," Sykes masterfully blends natural history with scientific fact, elucidating the biology of sexual reproduction, modern genetics, and evolutionary biology. He reveals that, while the Y chromosome makes man's existence possible, it also carries within it the seeds of his destruction. Timely and fascinating, this major work covers a wealth of controversial topics, including whether there is a genetic cause for male greed, aggression, and promiscuity; the possible existence of a male homosexual gene; and what, if anything, can be done to save men from a slow, but certain, extinction.
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