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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

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User Review  - kencf0618 - LibraryThing

An engaging survey of the deep past of family history, far beyond when the birth dates and death dates are no longer a matter of record and have petered out. I'd taken the test and given the results ... Read full review

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User Review  - PirateJenny - LibraryThing

Another early reviewer win. I found this book absolutely fascinating. I have a family member participating in the National Genographic Program and I really enjoyed reading about the genesis of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - MelanieL - LibraryThing

Fascinating read! A nice reminder of concepts learned in high-school, as well as linking them to the possiblility of tracing genetic markers to our very first ancestors and their migratory routes ... Read full review

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User Review  - idyllicmelody - LibraryThing

Spencer Wells' 'Deep Ancestry: Inside the Genographic Project' is an interesting, informative little book. It is sort of a "bite-sized" version of other books on the subject, such as Brian Sykes' 'The ... Read full review

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User Review  - MedeaMoon - LibraryThing

A pretty good read, full of information that is easy to digest. The author gives good technical information presented in an approachable manner without being condescending. The true life stories about ... Read full review

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Deep Ancestry is the story of us. Or the story of how scientists are figuring out the story of us.
Meant to be an introduction to the National Geographic's Genographic Project, Deep Ancestry
provides a summary of the complicated genetic discoveries being made by researchers every day.
Author Spencer Wells uses real life people's stories to introduce concepts like haplogroups and population genetics in order to break up the technobabble that cannot really be avoided without entirely dumbing down the ideas he's trying to convey.
A good chunk of the end of the book is a detailed appendix with entries describing each haplogroup (Y chromosome and mtDNA), including all the various markers that point the way to the groups earliest common ancestor. This section seems best suited to those who have purchased a DNA testing kit and want to research their test results.
 

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User Review  - DebbieKennett - LibraryThing

A good introduction to deep ancestry but the haplogroup information is now somewhat dated. Read full review

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User Review  - dpdwyer - LibraryThing

Good information. Written for perhaps high school level. Read full review


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