April 12, 2004
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.-Dean Hamer, a geneticist at the National Institutes of Health, will speak on Thursday, April 22, at 8 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium at Amherst College. His lecture, titled "Science of Desire: The Search for the Gay Gene," sponsored by the Amherst College Pride Alliance, is free and open to the public.

Hamer is chief of the section on gene structure and regulation in the biochemistry laboratory at the National Cancer Institute. In Science of Desire: The Search for the Gay Gene and the Biology of Behavior (1994), he discussed his work with molecular genetics and the potential link between genes and sexuality. His research was the first study to conclude that there was a correlation between certain genes and homosexuality in men. This breakthrough study has revolutionized societal views toward homosexuality and shifted the focus of future research in psychological and biological research regarding sexuality.

Hamer's talk is co-sponsored by the Association of Amherst Students, Office of the Dean of Students, Interdepartmental Student Fund, Office of Student Activities / Campus Center, and the departments of biology and women's and gender studies at Amherst College.