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The 7 Sexes : Biology of Sex Determination

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Few of us know much about the biology of sex determination, but what could be more interesting than to discover how we are shaped into males and females? In this book, Elof Carlson tells the incredible story of the difficult quest to understand how the body forms girls and boys. Carlson's history takes us from antiquity to the present day to detail how each component of human reproduction and sexuality was identified and studied, how this knowledge enlarged our understanding of sex determination, and how it was employed to interpret such little understood aspects of human biology as the origin of intersex births.show more

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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 476.27g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 27 b&w illus.
  • 0253006457
  • 9780253006455
  • 1,326,622

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"Carlson does an excellent job presenting the researchers who, over time, worked out the details of sex determination and differentiation. Highly informative and instructive." -Johan Verhulst, MD, Kinsey Institute "Carlson reveals the various scientific advances, in both methods and understanding, that allowed researchers to identify anatomical structures, gametes, sex hormones, sex chromosomes, and ultimately, a firm comprehension of the genetics of sex... This scientific story of discovery is quite fascinating." -Barbara Baumgartner, Washington University, St. Louisshow more

About Elof Axel Carlson

Elof Carlson is Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus at Stony Brook University. A geneticist and historian of science, he is author of The Gene: A Critical History; Genes, Radiation, and Society: The Life and Work of H. J. Muller; The Unfit: A History of a Bad Idea; Mendel's Legacy: The Origin of Classical Genetics; Times of Triumph, Times of Doubt: Science and the Battle for Public Trust; and Neither Gods Nor Beasts: How Science Is Changing Who We Think We Are.show more

Table of contents

List of TablesList of FiguresPreface1. Introduction 2. Wild Guesses in an Era of Scientific Ignorance3. The Ancient World4. Monotheistic Religious Interpretations 5. The Descriptive Embryology of Male and Female Development6. The Discovery of the Egg in Higher Eukaryotes 7. The Discovery of the Sperm in Higher Eukaryotes8. The Discovery of Sex Hormones 9. Ploidy Levels and Sex Determination 10. The Discovery of Sex Chromosomes 11. The Balance Theory of Sex Determination 12. The Discovery of Sex in Microorganisms 13. The History and Interpretations of Hermaphrodites and Intersexes 14. Dosage Compensation and the Sex Chromosomes 15. The Discovery of Human Sex Chromosome Conditions 16. The Role of Sex Determining Genes 17. The Seven Sexes of Humans 18. The History of Homosexuality 19. The History of Behavioral Gender Assignment 20. The Evolution of Sex Determination 21. What Does It Mean to Have an Assigned Sex? 22. The Quest for a Unified Theory of Sex, Gender, and SexualityAppendix: Secondary Literature and the Relation of Biology to Sex and Gender GlossaryIndexshow more

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