New Book, ‘Sex, Love and DNA,’ Explores What It Means to Be Human

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Author Peter Schattner Wants Everyone to Appreciate the Lessons Biology Teaches Us About Ourselves

Can we raise the dead? Why are some people so smart? What are science’s limits?

Biologist Peter Schattner addresses those intriguing questions and more in his new book “Sex, Love and DNA: What Molecular Biology Teaches Us About Being Human” (

Although Schattner is a scientist, he wrote “Sex, Love and DNA” to be enjoyed by average laypeople who are fascinated by biology, but always viewed it as something beyond their comprehension.

“I firmly believe that everyone can understand enough of the science to appreciate the profound lessons biology teaches us about humanity,” Schattner says. “When properly explained, important concepts in fields such as microbiology and genetics can be accessible to anyone.”

Reviewer Robert Schaefer, writing in the New York Journal of Books, praised “Sex, Love and DNA” and concluded: "Reading this book raises a feeling similar to watching one of those fascinating National Geographic specials—the one where you are so entertained, you do not realize you are learning.”

Schattner believes it’s important for everyone to develop a better understanding of scientific advances – some of them controversial – that could shape the future.

“The lessons biology teaches us not only have profound implications in how we see ourselves,” Schattner says, “but also are critical for us to understand as society addresses fundamental questions facing the planet and humanity.”

“Sex, Love and DNA” already has collected numerous awards and honors, including winner of Best General Non-fiction Book at the 2015 Great Southeast Book Festival; winner of Best Education Book from the Indie Excellence 2015 Book Awards for Small and Independent Presses; and winner of Best Science Book of the Year by Foreword Reviews.

About Peter Schattner

Peter Schattner is a scientist, educator and writer with 30 years of research experience in molecular biology, genetics, biomedical instrumentation and physics. He is a recipient of the Technical Innovation Award from the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. Schattner received his doctorate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg and has held research and teaching positions at the University of California, California State University and Stanford Research Institute. He is the author of numerous scientific articles and reviews, as well as the textbook “Genomes, Browsers and Databases.” His latest book, “Sex, Love and DNA: What Molecular Biology Teaches Us About Being Human” ( is his first book for non-scientists.

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