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- DescriptionA first-hand account of the author's research in a gene which passes undiluted from generation to generation through the maternal line and shows how it is being used to track our genetic ancestors. Explains how almost anyone of European descent, wherever they live, can trace their ancestory back to one of seven women.
- Author Biographyis Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Oxford, has had a remarkable scientific career in genetics. After undertaking medical research into the causes of inherited bone disease, he set out to discover if DNA, the genetic material, could possibly survive in ancient bones. It did and he was the first to report on the recovery of ancient DNA from archaeological bone in the journal Nature in 1989. Since then Professor Sykes has been called in as the leading international authority to examine several high profile cases, such as the Ice Man, Cheddar Man and the many individuals claiming to be surviving members of the Russian Royal Family. Alongside this, he and his research team have over the last ten years compiled by far the most complete DNA family tree of our species yet seen.He has always emphasised the importance of the individual in shaping our genetic world. The website www.oxfordancestors.com offers people the chance to find out for themselves, from a DNA sample, where they fit in. As well as a scientist, Bryan Sykes has been a television news reporter and a parliamentary science adviser. He is the author of The Seven Daughters of Eve and Adam's Curse.
- Author(s)Bryan Sykes
- PublisherTransworld Publishers Ltd
- Date of Publication04/06/2001
- GenrePopular Science
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- First Published2001
- ImprintBantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group)
- Out-of-print date16/04/2005
- Weight431 g
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (UK)
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