Sex, Love and DNA

What Molecular Biology Teaches Us About Being Human

Non-Fiction - Education
382 Pages
Reviewed on 01/18/2015
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Reviewed by Suzanne Cowles for Readers' Favorite

Sex, Love and DNA: What Molecular Biology Teaches Us About Being Human by Peter Schattner PhD is an easy to follow description of the latest scientific research into the field of molecular biology. Written for a layperson, Dr. Schattner draws upon 30 years of experience as a scientist and physicist to carefully describe proteins, DNA, RNA, amino acids, hormones, chromosomes, genes, inheritance, epigenetics, DNA ownership, genetic variants, and the role that nature and family play to influence who we become. As links to our past and future, molecular biology can answer fundamental questions and explain our behaviors and emotions. In six parts, moral and ethical questions are discussed concerning scientific discovery such as in cloning, cryogenics, resurrecting extinct animals and viruses, animal experiments, mutants, and altering genetics through transcription/translation. Microscopic events can explain not only why the world is this way, but also genetic diversity in the spectrum of humanity.

Sex, Love and DNA: What Molecular Biology Teaches Us About Being Human by Peter Schattner PhD provides interesting information about hot topics such as HIV immunity, cloning a T-Rex from DNA, resurrecting an extinct virus stored in human DNA and how chromosomes can predict the lineage of Genghis Khan. However, at the heart of this well-crafted book is a no-nonsense writing style that engages the reader into a complex world of chemistry, cells and intelligent design. Anyone with a strong interest in human physiology, cures for deadly diseases and the God-complex of the scientific community will find this book simply fascinating and hard to put down.