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Dr. Dean Hamer
(? - living) U.S.A.

Dean Hamer

Geneticist, researcher


Dean Hamer was born in Montclair, N.J. He received his B.A. from Trinity College, Connecticut and his Ph.D. from Harvard Medical School . He moved to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Washington D.C. for a postdoctoral fellowship. There he was a coinventor of animal cell gene transfer, and one of the first geneticists to transfer genes into animal cells.

He has been chief of the Gene Structure and Regulation section of the Laboratory of Biochemistry. He has worked at the National Institutes of Health for 24 years, where he is currently the Chief of the Section on Gene Structure and Regulation in the Laboratory of Biochemistry of the National Cancer Institute.

Dr. Hamer's research has led to contributions in a variety of areas including recombinant DNA, drug and vaccine production, and gene regulation. He recently has begun a program on molecular therapeutics for HIV/AIDS. For the past nine years, Dr. Hamer has studied the role of inheritance in human behavior, personality traits, and cancer risk-related behaviors such as cigarette smoking. His discovery of genetic links to sexual orientation and the temperamental traits of sensation seeking and anxiety have changed the way we think about human behavior and raise a host of important scientific, social and ethical issues.

Dr. Hamer has published over 100 scientific papers and holds three patents in the biotechnology area. His book The Science of Desire, co-authored with journalist Peter Copeland, has won widespread critical acclaim and was a 1994 New York Times "Notable Book of the Year". Their new book, Living With Our Genes, is a science best seller. Dr. Hamer's research has been described in "Discover magazine" and other national publications.


Source: The Knitting Circle, U.K. - http://www.sbu.ac.uk/stafflag/people.html - et alii

  • Biotechnology in China (1990)
  • A Linkage Between DNA Markers on the X Chromosome and Male Sexual Orientation (1993)
  • Evidence for a biological influence in male homosexuality (1994)
  • The Science of Desire: The Search for the Gay Gene and the Biology of Behavior (1994)
  • Living With Our Genes (1998)
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