The Scots: A Genetic Journey

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Birlinn, 2012 - History - 256 pages
9 Reviews
?History has always mattered to Scots, and rarely more so than now at the outset of a new century, with a new census appearing in 2011 and after more than ten years of a new parliament. An almost limitless archive of our history lies hidden inside our bodies and we carry the ancient story of Scotland around with us. The mushrooming of genetic studies, of DNA analysis, is rewriting our history in spectacular fashion. In Scots: A Genetic Journey, Alistair Moffat explores the history that is printed on our genes, and in a remarkable new approach, uncovers the detail of where we are from, who we are and in so doing colour vividly a DNA map of Scotland.

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User Review  - Holly McIntyre - Goodreads

Fascinating and frustrating. I read the book to prepare for an upcoming trip to Scotland and to learn more about DNA-based genealogical research. The book was helpful on both counts, but wasn't what I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Susan Hirtz - Goodreads

Dynamic, exciting page-turner of a scientifically based book. It read as if it were written by a novelist writing from each period covered. All sorts of historical, cultural and archaeological finds ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

Alistair Moffat is an award-winning writer and journalist, the former director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and Rector of the University of Saint Andrews. He is the author of numerous books, including The Reivers, Tyneside, and The Wall. James F. Wilson works at the University of Edinburgh and is the founder of the genetic ancestry testing company

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