Adam's Curse: A Science That Reveals Our Genetic Destiny

Adam's Curse: A Science That Reveals Our Genetic Destiny

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By (author) Bryan Sykes

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 206mm x 23mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 24 June 2005
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393326802
  • ISBN 13: 9780393326802
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 248,146

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By the nationally best-selling author of The Seven Daughters of Eve, Adam's Curse investigates the ultimate evolutionary crisis: a man-free future. How is it possible that the Y chromosome, which separated the sexes and allowed humans to rise to the apex of the animal kingdom, also threatens to destroy sexual reproduction altogether? Bryan Sykes confronts recent advances in evolutionary theory to find the answers to the questions that inexorably follow: Is there a genetic cause for men's greed, aggression, and promiscuity? Could a male homosexual gene possibly exist? A must read for anyone interested in popular science, family genealogy, and today's infertility crisis, Adam's Curse provokes a shocking debate on the nature of sexual reproduction.

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Bryan Sykes, professor of human genetics at Oxford University, pioneered the use of DNA in exploring the human past. He is also the founder and chairman of Oxford Ancestors (oxfordancestors.com), which helps individuals explore their genetic roots using DNA. He is the author of Saxons, Vikings, and Celts; The Seven Daughters of Eve, a New York Times bestseller; and Adam's Curse.

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"Like the very best science writers ... Bryan Sykes explicates the elegant logic of the natural world."