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Adam's Curse: A Future Without Men (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 28. Februar 2010

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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 -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


"'Bryan Sykes is a specialist in deciphering the histories written in our genes'" Sunday Telegraph

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5.0 von 5 Sternen 'A doubtful male future' 30. Juni 2015
Von Phillip Skaga - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
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 to differences between the sexes. The author is a geneticist with a flare for tracing probabilities of change he has found and that face the male chromosomal and genetic future.

It got my attention because of the title which sounded clearly like a pending threat facing males including me. Most of the book addresses the title subject in detail in many ways in and out of the laboratory. Initially, in the lab at Oxford, he finds characteristics of his male chromosome which cause him to ask questions about details of the family name – Sykes – in relationship to what he sees in the lab regarding his genetic profile. Who were his forebears in terms of his genetic and geneaological history? Thus Chapter 1.

From that point he travels to towns in Great Britain seeking to verify his family history as it appeared in his own genetic profile and another Sykes he had met also a scientist. In this part of the book he visits with other Sykes, looks through secondary school records, etc. These chapters constitute a practicum on tracing ones own genealogy. In these explorations he encounters others curious about the history of their families as revealed in laboratory genetic studies. As a result he expands his horizons to look at patterns for other families such as the MacDonald’s of Scotland. Such beginnings lead him to continue a journey researching Scottish clans and their being influenced by Viking raids. This part of the book provides the reader with even more ideas of paths to follow in creating family histories but also how the historical elements are related to genetic histories. That, of course, means he not only looked at hard records but collects swabs from mouths of various individuals to articulate relationships between historical, genetic, genealogical, and physiological features. These chapters are very informative about ingredients of family histories.

Following this he tries to answer questions about who were first settlers of Iceland. From these diversions he returns to more questions of how
chromosomal differences between males and females influence human generations they produce and how this history reflects the chromosomal patterns of diseases and personal characteristics. Along the way he begins to ask about a longer term future of the human race because of genetic permutations and changes generation to generation. It is in these chapters he raises additional questions into which he ventures in increasing detail all leading to more questions raised related to the book’s title. The first reflections are not very promising for the human male.
By the time one reaches chapter 16 we begin to see the immense impact of the male chromosome on history of the world. That, in turn, provides insights into such things as Mongol raids under Genghis Khan throughout the far east and into eastern Europe. Marks of the male Khan ‘Y’ chromosome are genetically everywhere evident in affected populations. Thus, the reader will have seen this type of influence beginning with his family, moving on to much larger families such as the MacDonalds, and broadly covering the ubiquitous influence of Viking and Mongol raids. The genetic mixing and the resultant record is useful in tracing history of these times down to individual families though he ventures in less detail than provided for the Sykes and Mac Donalds.

The really interesting parts of the book, for me, are found in the last four chapters. In these he verges on writing science fiction as he speculates, without wandering far afield of hard science, about the long term fate of males in human society. Essentially he concludes male genes may be a chromosomal dead end for their future history. The final chapter title hints at where he will go next – “Lifting the Curse”. The speculations in this chapter are mind expanding but not conclusive. There is a smidgen more offered for thought on the last page – The Afterword.

This book is a logical complement to his others including “Seven Daughters of Eve” and “Saxons, Vikings & Celts”.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen More Technical than Seven Daughters - Ahead of his Time? 22. Oktober 2005
Von Jennifer B. Barton - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this book but did find it a bit more challenging to read than Seven Daughters. Seven Daughters dealt with his research into the inheritance of mitochondrial DNA which does not combine and has a fairly straight forward lineage. In Adam's Curse, he is trying to track the Y. Even though the Y itself does not combine, everything around it does and he explains how this works in great detail. This becomes important later on as he draws his conclusions about the peril of the Y and the "important" part of it, the Sex Determining Region on the Y or SDY. Not having a background in the field, I really had to dig in and understand what he was saying to get his points but I am glad that I did.

What he puts forth - that we should look at this from the view point of the X and Y genes and that they have conlicting agendas (and murderous intent against each other)- at first sounded ridiculous but his theories on the attempts and abilities of certain mitochondrial genes to abort or effeminate male conceptions began to sound really interesting. When he applies the outlook to male behavior in general it seems crystal. I have seen a lot of reviewers really slam this book for its views. While I do not have the education to respond to the probability of whether he is correct or not, I am interested in what becomes of his theories.
3.0 von 5 Sternen Serious stuff, maybe too seriously exposed 16. März 2016
Von Luis Eugenio Espinosa - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I jumped into Sykes almost by accident, and I just love his Daughters of Eve. In this particular case, although probably more rigorous, I lacked not the scientific approach, but a more congenial author for those, like myself, not very well acquainted with the topic. It is easy to read, but, again, I miss this almost poetic side of the author I found in his other books.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Very Interesting 11. April 2006
Von J. Canestrino - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Okay, I have not read the other reviews so as not to be biased. I would like for several of my friends to read this book. I think it is very good, but after I tell them it is a about the genetics involving the inheritance of the Y-chromosome they ask me if it is too technical. I do not think so, but then again I work as a plant breeder and I have a fairly good knowledge of basic genetics. I consider this book to be more like "coffee table" science compared to the professional journals and books I read. That said, I think this book is very well written and approachable with Dr. Sykes once again doing an excellent job of intertwining genetics, statistics and narrative. The subject matter is of ineterest to all. I encourage those of you who are purists who only read modern or classic literature and those of you who stick to just one genre of fiction or non-fiction to break out of your mold and give this a read.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Bryan Sykes Can Write! 24. März 2013
Von JJares - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I've read each of Bryan Sykes books as they've been published. He has an engaging way of writing that puts the reader in the front seat of the discussion at hand. Although the subject wasn't as fascinating as THE SEVEN DAUGHTERS OF EVE or SAXONS, VIKINGS AND CELTS, I enjoyed reading about the issues currently being studied in genetics and world genealogy.
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