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Dean H. Hamer, PhD Biography

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

“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
  • PhD, Harvard University
  • BA, Trinity College
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is There a Gay Gene?
  2. Is Gender Nonconforming Behavior in Children Indicative of Adult Homosexual Orientation?