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Sex, Drugs and DNA: Science's Taboos Confronted (Macmillan Science) [Hardcover]

Dr Michael Stebbins

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20 Mar 2006 Macmillan Science
In a frank, edgy and entertaining style that pulls no punches Michael Stebbins says what most scientists and politicians are afraid to about what research can and, perhaps more importantly, cannot deliver. He debunks the myths surrounding some of the most controversial topics, from sexuality, race and genetic modification to stem cells, cloning, IQ, animal experimentation, 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, Stebbins has a unique view of the politics, culture and reach of science. He concludes that truly novel and necessary work is being hobbled and hence calls for wide reaching changes in science education, funding, legislation, publishing and promulgation.

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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.' -

'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.' -

'Stebbins makes a good argument and his style is lively and irreverent. He knows what he's talking about too.' - Focus Magazine

'You will undoubtedly learn something new from this sobering, illuminating work.' - Publishers Weekly

'Stebbins breaks ranks to passionately, revealingly, counter the threats posed by general American stupidity about science, public health, and education.' - Booklist

'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

About the Author

MICHAEL STEBBINS is currently a US Congressional Fellow in Science Policy. Before that, he was Editor at Nature Genetics after being a researcher in James Watson's Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA. He has written for Reuters, Discover, Seed and Popular Science Magazine and he is an advisor to SciCentral, a National Science Foundation funded science TV news feed that goes out on the ABC network.

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5.0 out of 5 stars In a class of its own, this book is as entertaining as it is shocking; a must read for all! 21 May 2006
By James Dezazzo - Published on
For anybody who has the courage to learn what it really happening in the world of science and policy today, this book is a call to arms. It will piss you off -- but for the right reasons. Culling his expertise in cutting edge research, science journalism, and policy, Dr. Stebbins unmasks the BS that muddles contemporay issues in stem cell research, evolutionary debate, medical insurance, birth control, global warning, drugs, education, and much more. But he does so in a straight-ahead, accessible style that it is as humorous as it is revealing -- if not damming. Are our politicans pulling the wool over our eyes? Is our ignorance and laziness partly to blame? Yes and Yes. Perhaps you may already know that. But Dr. Stebbins does not just reveal these problems; he offers provactive solutions. Read this book, tell your friends to read it, and demand accountability from your representatives and senators. And even if you are lazy, do it for your kids's sake! Before it is too late.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome. 14 May 2006
By Christopher D. Dickson - Published on
Let me start out by saying that I do not have any background in science AT ALL. That being said, this book was extremely insightful and fun to read. You know those controversial scientific issues that you've seen on the news but never really have had the proper information to form an opinion on? For me, this book cleared out all of the crap sitting on the surface of these issues and finally gave me the tools to think intelligently about them. If you consider yourself a "critical thinker" and don't like to take things at face value, do yourself a favor and read this.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raging against the machine 10 May 2006
By D. Shockley - Published on
I ripped through this book in a matter of two days. i couldn't put it down. It moves and an absolutely incredible speed and is chock full of information on everything from Stem Cells to Intelligent Design to Bioterrorism. Stebbins lays out what everyone should know about these subjects in language that even I as a non-scientist could understand. Then he rips apart the policies that have been put in place by Bush and his Republican cronies. No question, best science book I have read in years. Seriously, it's about time someone wrote so honestly and passionately about science.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding book on current biological science issues 6 Jun 2006
By Dr. Peter Giese - Published on
If you do not know much about current biological science and its implications for society, then you must read this book. - The author uses colloquial language to explain key issues on stem cells, cloning, healthcare, science education and other issues. It is a truly enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, clever, and funny 7 Jun 2006
By Jonah Spring - Published on
Buy or steal this book! It is very refreshing to have a scientist who is not afraid to speak his mind in areas beyond science. And unlike a lot of authors, Dr. Michael Stebbins will not only tell you what we are doing that is wrong, he suggests ways to fix the problems. I look forward to more books by Dr. Stebbins, although I hope there is never again a need for his insights and outrage.
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