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Time, Love, Memory: A Great Biologist and His Quest for the Origins of Behavior

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Jonathan Weiner went to Harvard University with the intention of becoming a biologist, but found himself seduced by poetry. He went on to complete his degree in English and American literature. Yet, his love for biology never abated. His first foray into journalism was an article for Harvard Magazine on that very subject. He is now regarded as one of the best science writers of his generation. He won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction in 1994 for his book about evolution, The Beak of the Finch. A mind for science and a heart for poetry is certainly a fortunate combination for a writer, but Weiner also has the dedication and obsessive attention to detail only found in the best scientists and authors.

In researching and writing Time, Love, Memory, Weiner spent nearly five years at the California Institute of Technology, observing biologist Seymour Benzer and his colleagues in what they call the Fly Rooms. Benzer — who worked with geneticists Francis Crick and James Watson to create the double-helix model — has dedicated his further research to the behavioral consequences of genes — how pieces of DNA actually shape behavior. Benzer has
often been labeled a maverick and his research includes groundbreaking work with the genetic code of the fruit fly. However, there is no doubting that his research is pertinent, particularly given today's interest in cloning. Weiner addresses the many controversial aspect of this issue in an evenhanded, informed manner. Time, Love, Memory is many things: a biography of Benzer, a peek over the shoulder of scientists at work, and an ode to genetic science. It is a compelling and whimsical ride, and the reader can't help getting caught up in the infectious enthusiasm of Benzer and his colleagues, which bubbles over throughout Weiner's text. Georgie, Powells.com

Publisher Comments:

From the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Beak of the Finch, the riveting story of a biologist's search for the foundations of behavior.Looking over the shoulder of some of the premier scientists in the field, Jonathan Weiner takes us into their laboratories to show us how pieces of DNA actually shape behavior. He focuses on the work of Seymour Benzer, who, decades ago, with James Watson and Francis Crick, helped to crack the genetic code. Then, in a simple experiment using a few test tubes, a light bulb, and 100 fruit flies, Benzer invented the genetic dissection of behavior. Now we see how he and his students find and study genes that build our inner clocks, genes that shape the way we love, and genes that decide what we can (or cannot) remember. These breakthroughs help explain secrets of human behavior and may lead to advance treatments for behavioral disorders ranging from rage to autism to schizophrenia.In a narrative that sweeps from the first years of the century to the present, Weiner makes the process of scientific discovery and understanding almost tangible on the page. Time, Love, Memory is a brilliant work of scientific reportage.

Book News Annotation:

Portrays the man behind major discoveries on connections between genes and behavior. Seymour Benzer's early work on the gene helped transform biological research, and his original, sometimes whimsical experiments at the California Institute of Technology transformed the study of genes and behavior. The author spent five years in the Fly Rooms with Benzer and his colleagues, and retells their day-to-day triumphs in their research with mutant fruit flies. Includes b&w photos.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Jonathan Weiner is also the author of The Next One Hundred Years and Planet Earth. He lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679444350
Author:
Weiner, Jonathan
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Genetics
Subject:
Moral and ethical aspects
Subject:
Behavior genetics
Subject:
Benzer, Seymour
Subject:
Life Sciences - Genetics & Genomics
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Publication Date:
April 1999
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.58x6.64x1.22 in. 1.44 lbs.

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