Sex, Drugs And Dna: Science's Taboos Confronted

Paperback | July 10, 2007

byMichael Stebbins

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In a frank, edgy and entertaining style that pulls no punches this book reveals the truth about modern biology and debunks the commonest myths surrounding some of the most controversial topics in science and health. It says what most scientists and politicians are afraid to say about what research can and, perhaps more importantly, cannot deliver on topics ranging from sexuality, race and genetic modification to stem cells, cloning, modern medicine, fertility treatment, creationism and bioterrorism.

Having worked at the heart of government science, at the most prestigious science publishing company in the world, and in one of the world's leading biology institutions the author has a unique view of the politics, culture and reach of science. He illustrates how we are facing dangerous times where political agendas and public misunderstanding are hobbling truly novel work and hence calls for wide reaching changes in science education, funding, publishing and promulgation.

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In a frank, edgy and entertaining style that pulls no punches this book reveals the truth about modern biology and debunks the commonest myths surrounding some of the most controversial topics in science and health. It says what most scientists and politicians are afraid to say about what research can and, perhaps more importantly, can...

Mike Stebbins is the Director of Biology Policy for the Federation of American Scientists and a former US Congressional Fellow in Science Policy. Before that he was a senior editor at Nature Genetics after being a geneticist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. He has written for Reuters, and numerous scientific journals and has appeared...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 8.54 × 5.68 × 0.9 inPublished:July 10, 2007Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230521126

ISBN - 13:9780230521124

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
A Scientist's Life
National Science Day
Stem Cells and Cloning (No We All Can't Just Get Along)
There's Sex...
...And Then There's Sex
Genetically Modified Everything
Race and other Discriminations
Global Warming
Bioterrorism and Other Mayhem
The Coming Pandemic
Drugs
Healthcare
A Letter to Barbara Bush
Science Education
How to Talk To Your Creationist Brother-in-Law About Evolution

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"Gutsy and in-your-face, Stebbins talks about science like it's never been talked about before. Prepare to be offended - and enlightened."--Chris Mooney, author of The Republican War on Science "A take-no-prisoners look at some of the most controversial issues of our generation."--Gina Smith, author of The Genomics Age"A science meets political polemic that travels at breakneck speed -- a real eye-popper. Well worth a look"--www.scienceagogo.com  "FOUR STARS: If you enjoy reading Michael Moore, you will want to read this book too. Without doubt, a book that anyone who really wants science to succeed should read."--www.popularscience.co.uk  "Stebbins makes a good argument and his style is lively and irreverent. He knows what he's talking about too." --Focus Magazine "You don't need a scientific background to be totally enthralled by this passionate, entertaining and sometimes terrifying book." --Chemistry World "devilish, funny, outspoken, revealing, and entertaining," --Lab Times