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 from? Or why we age and die?

Sex, Love and DNA describes how genetics and the environment affect our cells and thereby shape our lives. Every concept in the book, however elementary, is explained in a way that is understandable without any previous knowledge of biology or genetics. You'll discover biology through stories: stories of people who don't feel pain because of rare genetic variants, and children whose DNA enables them to perform unusual feats of strength. Individuals whose genes have given them healthy lives past the age of 100, and people who can't speak or read simply because they lack certain proteins. In short, you'll share the excitement the scientific community is experiencing as it addresses perhaps the greatest intellectual challenge of all - the challenge that Socrates described more than two thousand years ago as "to know thyself."

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Peter Schattner is a scientist, educator and writer with over 30 years of research experience in molecular biology, biomedical instrumentation and physics. He received his Ph.D. in physics from M.I.T under Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg and has held research and teaching positions at the University of California, California State University, Stanford Research Institute and Diasonics, Inc., where he contributed to the early development of medical ultrasound and MRI scanners. He is the author of numerous scientific articles and reviews as well as the textbook Genomes, Browsers and Databases. He was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and a winner of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine's Award for Technical Innovation. When not doing science, he enjoys hiking, music and wildlife photography. Sex, Love and DNA: What Molecular Biology Teaches Us About Being Human is his first book for nonscientists.

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