Last updated on: 12/1/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

Dean H. Hamer, PhD Biography

Title:
Former Chief of the Section on Gene Structure and Regulation at the Laboratory of Biochemistry at the National Cancer Institute
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"
Reasoning:

“Most scientists now agree that the very wording of the question [nature vs. nurture?] represents a false dichotomy and that both biology and the environment play some role in virtually all human behavior.”

The Science of Desire, 1994

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Former Chief, Section on Gene Structure and Regulation, Laboratory of Biochemistry, National Cancer Institute
  • Co-inventor, animal cell gene transfer
  • Studying role of genes in cancer risk-related behaviors
  • Researching molecular therapeutics for HIV/AIDS
  • Holds three patents in biotechnology
  • New York Times “Notable Book of the Year” award for The Science of Desire, 1994
Education:
  • PhD, Harvard University
  • BA, Trinity College
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is There a Gay Gene?
  2. Is Gender Nonconforming Behavior in Children Indicative of Adult Homosexual Orientation?