Table of Contents October 1997

Discover Magazine's mission is to enable readers to lead richer lives by explaining and expanding their universe.  Each month we bring you in depth information and analysis from various topics ranging from technology and space to the living world we live in.
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Everybody knows a kid needs love. Now neuroscience is closing in on just how TLC shapes a child's brain and behavior.
Borna virus used to be an obscure veterinary problem in Saxony. But it's obscure no more. A couple of German virologists believe the bug may be sending people, in large numbers, to the psychiatric ward.
In 1949 lobotomy was hailed as a medical miracle. But images of zombielike patients and surgeons with ice picks soon put an end to the practice. Now, however, the practitioners have refined their tools.
Contraception, adoption, celibacy--if natural selection favors genes that make people be fruitful and multiply, why do we work so hard to concoct recipies for genetic suicide?
The family is an intimate stage upon which evolution's play unfolds, and all Earth's creatures -- humans and birds, for example -- are equally accomplished players.
When it comes to questions of human behavior, Dean Hamer, big-gene hunter, is sure he's got the answers.
One to make you happy, one to make you sad, one to make you mad--is that really the way your genes work?
As violence continues to ravage our society, researchers are raising hopes that science alone can save us from our worst natures--again.
Knocking out a gene endows mice with an unusually muscular physique.