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Paternity : the elusive quest for the father

Author: Nara B Milanich
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2019.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For most of human history, the notion that paternity was uncertain appeared to be an immutable law of nature. The unknown father provided entertaining plotlines from Shakespeare to the Victorian novelists and lay at the heart of inheritance and child support disputes. But in the 1920s new scientific advances promised to solve the mystery of paternity once and for all. The stakes were high: fatherhood has always been  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 2018052382
(OCoLC)1059252420
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nara B Milanich
ISBN: 9780674239982 0674239989 9780674239999 0674239997
OCLC Number: 1099525104
Description: 1 online resource (352 pages)
Contents: Prologue: Who's your daddy? --
Looking for the father --
The charlatan and the oscillophore --
Blood work --
City of strangers --
Bodies of evidence --
Jewish fathers, Aryan genealogies --
To the white husband a black baby --
Citizen fathers and paper sons --
Epilogue: Paternity in the age of DNA.
Responsibility: Nara B. Milanich.

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For most of human history, paternity was uncertain. Blood types, fingerprinting, and, recently, DNA analysis promised to solve the riddle of paternity. But even genetic certainty did not end the  Read more...

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Original, well-written, and wonderfully researched, this exciting new book provides an analysis of paternity that is rich and global in scope.--Alexandra Minna Stern, author of Telling Genes: The Read more...

 
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