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Bryan Sykes follows up The Seven Daughters of Eve with the equally challenging and well-written Adam's Curse. This time, instead of following humanity's heritage back to the first women, Sykes looks forward to a possible future without men. The seeds of the book's topics were sown when Sykes met a pre-eminent pharmaceutical company chairman who shared his surname. Using the Y chromosome, which is passed nearly unchanged from father to son, the author found that he shared a distant ancestor with the other Sykes. Along the way, he discovered that the Y chromosome was worth examining more closely. The first third of Adam's Curse is devoted to a clear and comprehensive lesson about genetics, the second narrates several fascinating stories of tracing ancestry via the Y chromosome, and the last chapters explore the history of male humanity and its future. Some readers will eagerly skim until they reach Chapter 21, where Sykes gets to the heart of the matter--why and how the Y chromosome has created a world where men overwhelmingly own the wealth and power, commit the crimes, and fight the wars. He uses the structural puniness of the Y chromosome to demonstrate that men are as unnecessary biologically as they are dominant socially. Sykes' provocative and quite personal book is likely to be unpopular among science readers who prefer their biology divorced from sociology, but his points taken in context will be difficult to refute. --Therese Littleton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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.
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This book has something to intrigue geneticists, genealogists, science fiction fans, feminists and others looking to explore the edges of our human reality particularly as related... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Phillip Skaga
I read a translated version of this book (Russian) many years ago in college. My academic advisor suggested it. I remember that the book completely changed my views on many things. Read morePublished 10 months ago by tissa
Bryan Sykes, one of the pioneers of genetic testing, explains our X and Y chromosomes in a way that makes the layman understand.Published 18 months ago by Theresa Snoddy
but not about this book, because these people do not read much. they are bigfoot hunters who have given samples to him that he has probably tested but not yet let out the... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Lizardhaven
I find the book both fascinating and rather disappointing at the same time. It is fascinating because
here the author writes beautifully about genetics, evolutionary biology,... Read more
I read this when it was first published but it was a library loan. I wanted my husband to read it, too, but couldn't find it in stores. Love the premise. Fascinating.Published 23 months ago by CMG