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The best-selling author of The Seven Daughters of Eve turns his sights on the United States, one of the most genetically variegated countries in the world. From the blue-blooded pockets of old-WASP New England to the vast tribal lands of the Navajo, Sykes takes us on a historical genetic tour, interviewing genealogists, research anthropologists, celebrities, and average Americans with compelling ancestral stories. An unprecedented look into America’s genetic mosaic and how we perceive race, DNA USA challenges the very notion of what we think it means to be an American.
Crisscrossing the continent, a renowned geneticist provides a groundbreaking examination of America through its DNA.
Bryan Sykes, one of the world's leading geneticists and best-selling author of , sets his sights on America, one of the most genetically variegated countries in the world. Sykes embarks on a road trip--DNA testing kit in tow--interviewing genealogists, anthropologists, and everyday Americans, tracing America's history along a double helix that stretches from the last Ice Age to the present day. What emerges is an unprecedented look into America's genetic mosaic that challenges the very notion of how we perceive race and what it means to be an American.
About the Author
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.