The Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry

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W. W. Norton, May 17, 2002 - Social Science - 320 pages
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The national bestseller that reveals how we are descended from seven prehistoric women.

In 1994 Bryan Sykes was called in as an expert to examine the frozen remains of a man trapped in glacial ice in northern Italy for over 5000 years葉he Ice Man. Sykes succeeded in extracting DNA from the Ice Man, but even more important, writes Science News?, was his "ability to directly link that DNA to Europeans living today." In this groundbreaking book, Sykes reveals how the identification of a particular strand of DNA that passes unbroken through the maternal line allows scientists to trace our genetic makeup all the way back to prehistoric times葉o seven primeval women, the "seven daughters of Eve."

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Review: The Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry

User Review  - Dustin - Goodreads

Fascinating to read about the process of the DNA research and how it unfolded and what it reveals. I did not care much for the fiction about the clan mothers. The ending piece about drug companies attempting to patent human genes was also thought-provoking. Read full review

Review: The Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry

User Review  - Judith - Goodreads

The first part of the book was interesting, as he reiterated his experience learning to use mitochondrial DNA to trace ancestry. It dragged in the middle as he tried to fabricate the lives of these ... Read full review

About the author (2002)

Bryan Sykes, professor of human genetics at Oxford University, pioneered the use of DNA in exploring the human past. He is also the founder and chairman of Oxford Ancestors (oxfordancestors.com), which helps individuals explore their genetic roots using DNA. He is the author of Saxons, Vikings, and Celts; The Seven Daughters of Eve, a New York Times bestseller; and Adam痴 Curse.

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