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Time, Love, Memory: A Great Biologist and his Quest for the Origins of Behaviour

By: Jonathan Weiner

300 pages, B/w photos

Faber & Faber

Hardback | Jun 1999 | #88773 | ISBN: 0571196322
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Looking over the shoulder of some of the premier scientists in the field, Jonathan Weiner takes us into their laboratories to show us how pieces of DNA actually shape behavior. He focuses on the work of Seymour Benzer, who, decades ago, with James Watson and Francis Crick, helped to crack the genetic code. Then, in a simple experiment using a few test tubes, a light bulb, and 100 fruit flies, Benzer invented the genetic dissection of behavior. Now we see how he and his students find and study genes that build our inner clocks, genes that shape the way we love, and genes that decide what we can (or cannot) remember. These breakthroughs help explain secrets of human behavior and may lead to advance treatments for behavioral disorders ranging from rage to autism to schizophrenia.


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