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

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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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The national bestseller that reveals how we are descended from seven prehistoric women.

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The Seven Daughters of Eveis a thrilling work of science that reveals how biological research can enrich our tangled lives. It is a book that chronicles many of the most exciting developments in genetics over the past decade by a man who is not only a brilliant scientist but also a gifted and thoroughly engaging writer. It ultimately demonstrates how much more we still have to discover about the absorbing story of human evolution.

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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--the Ice Man. Sykes succeeded in extracting DNA from the Ice Man, but even more important, writes ?, 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--to seven primeval women, the "seven daughters of Eve."

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Bryan Sykes is professor of genetics at the Institute of Molecular Medicine at Oxford University and was the editor of The Human Inheritance: Genes, Language, and Evolution.

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Jjsshaffer, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Jjsshaffer)
A friend (now deceased) gave me this book and I found it extremely helpful in understanding something more about the history of humankind. Genetic information is going to reveal a lot about our human origins and the spread of people around the globe.
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nellie b, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by nellie b)
What an amazing journey Bryan Sykes has taken us on with this, his first book, The Seven Daughters of Eve. His literary abilities to communicate to us laymen, along with his passion and persistance of scientific research, and his apparent 'insatiable curiosity' to find answers for our genetic ancestry, have opened up a whole new DNA world for me. My husband and I both immensely enjoy this book!
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Patricia R., January 14, 2010 (view all comments by Patricia R.)
It's ironic that this proof of sisterhood comes from a male author whose book concludes with a vision of "all my foremothers" filling a large auditorium. He shows how every person of European descent living anywhere in the world has one of seven women as their ultimate ancestress in the maternal line. One of these women is also the ultimate mother of 10% of Native Americans, & he creates an imaginative hypothesis of how this might have come about. This book combines science & creative use of anthropological data to construct a plausible "biography" of each of the seven women. He also discusses MDNA research into origins of people in Japan, Australia, and other parts of the world. At the time the book was published, 21 "foremothers" had been discovered, all of them descendants of "the African Eve." Sykes has set up a scientific foundation that will analyze MDNA from a cheek-swab to tell you which "daughter of Eve" you are descended from. The result may surprise you!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393323146
Author:
Sykes, Bryan
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Genetics
Subject:
Anthropology - Physical
Subject:
Human evolution
Subject:
Evolution - Human
Subject:
Evolutionary genetics
Subject:
Human population genetics
Subject:
Genetics, Population.
Subject:
Evolution, Molecular.
Subject:
Life Sciences - Genetics & Genomics
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution - Human
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Norton Pbk ed.
Series Volume:
107-548
Publication Date:
20020531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
illustrated and includes a map
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.40x5.50x.81 in. .63 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The national bestseller that reveals how we are descended from seven prehistoric women.
"Synopsis" by , The Seven Daughters of Eveis a thrilling work of science that reveals how biological research can enrich our tangled lives. It is a book that chronicles many of the most exciting developments in genetics over the past decade by a man who is not only a brilliant scientist but also a gifted and thoroughly engaging writer. It ultimately demonstrates how much more we still have to discover about the absorbing story of human evolution.
"Synopsis" by , 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--the Ice Man. Sykes succeeded in extracting DNA from the Ice Man, but even more important, writes ?, 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--to seven primeval women, the "seven daughters of Eve."
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