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

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W. W. Norton & Company, May 17, 2002 - Science - 306 pages
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One of the most dramatic stories of genetic discovery since James Watson's The Double Helix, The Seven Daughters of Eve reveals the remarkable story behind a groundbreaking scientific discovery. After being summoned in 1997 to an archaeological site to examine the remains of a five-thousand-year-old man, Bryan Sykes ultimately was able to prove not only that the man was a European but also that he has living relatives in England today. In this lucid, absorbing account, 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, to seven primeval women, the Seven Daughters of Eve.
 

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Book is a real ego trip on part of the author. It is too full of worthless informatiion on the authors life story rather than pertinent genetic info. Pass on it! Read full review

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Contents

Icemans Relative Found in Dorset
3
So What is DNA and What Does It Do?
22
From Blood Groups to Genes
32
The Special Messenger
52
The Tsar and I
63
The Puzzle of the Pacific
79
The Greatest Voyages
96
The First Europeans
108
The Seven Daughters
195
Ursula
202
Xenia
213
Helena
221
Velda
234
Tara
243
Katrine
252
Jasmine
260

The Last of the Neanderthals
116
Hunters and Farmers
131
We Are Not Amused
146
Cheddar Man Speaks
169
Adam Joins the Party
185
The World
271
A Sense of Self
287
Index
299
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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's Curse.

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