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What It Means to Be 98 Percent Chimpanzee: Apes, People, and Their Genes

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    What It Means to Be 98 Percent Chimpanzee: Apes, People, and Their Genes by Jonathan Marks Hardcover - 320 pages (April 2002) University of California Press;
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      What It Means to Be 98 Percent Chimpanzee: Apes, People, and Their Genes
      by Jonathan Marks
      Hardcover - 320 pages (April 2002)
      University of California Press; ISBN: 0520226151
      AMAZON - US
      AMAZON - UK

      Book Description

      The overwhelming similarity of human and ape genes is one of the best-known
      facts of modern genetic science. But what does this similarity mean? Does it,
      as many have suggested, have profound implications for understanding human
      nature? Well-known molecular anthropologist Jonathan Marks uses the
      human-versus-ape controversy as a jumping-off point for a radical reassessment
      of a range of provocative issues--from the role of science in society to
      racism, animal rights, and cloning. Full of interesting facts, fascinating
      personalities, and vivid examples that capture times and places, this work
      explains and demystifies human genetic science--showing ultimately how it has
      always been subject to social and political influences and teaching us how to
      think critically about its modern findings. Marks presents the field of
      molecular anthropology--a synthesis of the holistic approach of anthropology
      with the reductive approach of molecular genetics--as a way of improving our
      understanding of the science of human evolution. As he explores the
      intellectual terrain of this field, he lays out its broad areas of interest
      with issues ranging from the differences between apes and humans to the
      biological and behavioral variations expressed in humans as a species. Marks
      confronts head-on the problems of racial classification in science. He
      describes current theories about race and uses work in primatology, comparative
      anatomy, and molecular anthropology to debunk them. He also sheds new light on
      the controversial Great Ape Project, the Human Genome Diversity Project, and
      much more. This iconoclastic, witty, and extremely readable book illuminates
      the deep background of human variation and asks us to reconsider the role of
      science in modern society.

      From the Back Cover

      "In this clever, entertaining, and thoughtful book, Marks lays out some
      important limitations of science in general and genetics in particular. Using
      terms that everybody can understand, he demolishes the pretensions of
      scientists who try to use genetics to answer questions about the kinship of
      nations, the rights of animals, the racial identity of Kennewick Man, the
      hereditary Jewish priesthood, and the existence of God. Marks has a lot of fun
      with all this-and so will his readers."-Matt Cartmill, author of A View to
      Death in the Morning: Hunting and Nature through History "What It Means to Be
      98% Chimpanzee covers a range of contemporary issues that are likely to be with
      us for a long time to come. No book written by a geneticist comes anywhere
      close."-Jon Beckwith, Research Professor, American Cancer Society, Harvard
      Medical School, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics "Marks's
      witty book takes on perhaps the most fundamental biological, political,
      cultural, and epistemological question: How do we know what is similar to what,
      and when does it matter?"-Donna Haraway, author of Primate Visions "Marks
      provides an informed and powerful critique of reductionist claims about
      genetics as an explanation of human behavior, cognitive abilities, and racial
      differences. His colorful examples range from the common ancestry of humans
      with daffodils and our similarities with fruit flies. A great book!"-Dorothy
      Nelkin, coauthor of The DNA Mystique "Marks's superb teaching, lively wit,
      razor-sharp logic, and impeccable scientific insight come together in this
      book. While controversial, this narrative also proves that science and humanism
      can and must (if we are to navigate the unsettling future that biotech
      promises) mix."-Gina Maranto, Quest for Perfection "A compulsively readable,
      erudite, and intensely personal view of our biology and our place in nature.
      Marks unhesitatingly plunges into the morass of human cultural, genetic, and
      political diversities, and in the process produces much for all of us to
      ponder."-Ian Tattersall, author of Becoming Human: Evolution and Human

      About the Author

      Jonathan Marks teaches at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is
      the author of Human Biodiversity: Genes, Race, and History (1995) and coauthor,
      with Edward Staski, of Evolutionary Anthropology (1992).
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