Deep Ancestry: Inside the Genographic Project

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National Geographic Books, 2007 - Science - 247 pages
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In Deep Ancestry, scientist and explorer Spencer Wells shows how tiny genetic changes add up over time into a fascinating story. Using scores of real-life examples, helpful analogies, and detailed diagrams and illustrations, he translates complicated concepts into accessible language and explains exactly how each and every individual's DNA contributes another piece to the jigsaw puzzle of human history. The book takes readers inside the Genographic Project, the landmark study now assembling the world's largest collection of population genetic DNA samples and employing the latest in testing technology and computer analysis to examine hundreds of thousands of genetic profiles from all over the globe. Traveling backward through time from today's scattered billions to the handful of early humans who are ancestors to us all, Deep Ancestry shows how universal our human heritage really is. It combines sophisticated science with our compelling interest in family history and ethnic identity--and transcends humankind's shallow distinctions and superficial differences to touch the depths of our common origins.
 

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User Review  - KeithFowler - LibraryThing

Once again I must redo a review because it turned up missing. This was a rather complicated book to review since the science is very technical to a point, however it does give you a very deep and interesting veiw of our selves. Read full review

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User Review  - Oreillynsf - LibraryThing

A great layperson's view of the incredible genome project undertaken by Nat Geo and an incredibly talented group of scientists. I've seen Spencer Wells in person, and i think the only thing he does ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Block
9
Odines Story The Exception
27
Margarets Story The Hearth
55
Phils Story The Ice
85
Virumandis Story The Beach
115
Juliuss Story The Cradle
133
Epilogue
163
Haplogroup Descriptions
175
Glossary
229
Further Reading
235
About the Author
238
Author Acknowledgments and Illustration Credits
240
Index
242
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Spencer Wells is an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society and the director of the Genographic Project. After studying under genetic pioneer Luigi Cavalli-Sforza at Stanford University, he began an unusual career that mixes science, writing, and filmmaking. His acclaimed first book, The Journey of Man, combined his own DNA research with the work of archaeologists, paleoanthropologists, paleoclimatologists, and linguists to show how modern humans came to populate the planet.

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