The Seven Daughters of Eve

The Seven Daughters of Eve

eBook - 2010
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The national bestseller that reveals how we are descended from seven prehistoric women.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 Science News ?, 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."
Publisher: [S.I.] : W. W. Norton & Company, 2010.
ISBN: 9780393079807
Branch Call Number: OverDrive eBook
Additional Contributors: Overdrive Inc


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Oct 13, 2019

Sykes is a mixture here of personal anecdote and science. The anecdote--he landed via air on the South Sea Island of Raratonga, had a nice home made dinner with the mayor, then took a laid back lesson on getting a driving lesson on a motor cycle, got himself--and promptly ran into a palm tree, breaking his arm. The island's only clinic was nearby, fortunately. They couldn't do much for him except put it in a sling, as it would be much too uncomfortable to take off on a flight--next week. What was he to do in the weeks before his arm would heal? He had a long interesting conversation with the head of the clinic, also the mayor. The head of the clinic happened to have a frozen collection of blood specimens. The two men had a conversation about Sykes' projects on collecting DNA (anonymously) to see what could be learned about mitochondrial DNA . The two men created a permission form, and a form to use if the person no longer lived on Raratonga. There were only about 40 samples. Sykes' interest was in where the peoples of the South Pacific came from. Forty was enough to start with.

Nov 14, 2017

I loved this book - took a complex topic like genetics and broke it down into language all of us can connect with. Though there were a few terms and genetic details that caused me to have to look into it all a bit further, it's a great read about a very interesting topic. I am always on the search for books like this - topics beyond my expertise, written for my consumption!

Jun 04, 2015

Informative and neat.

Apr 07, 2013

The subject of DNA and our past sounds scientific and heavy but the author who did the science is also a great popular writer. He made the science reasonably understandable while using great anecdotes about the research work to make you feel you were at least a fly on the wall. And to read the conclusion that somewhere in the not too distant past there was one woman who was our mother. Who would have thought of that :-)

Jul 22, 2012

Fascinating account of the history of DNA tracking all the way back to the seven women every European is related to genetically. Bryan Sykes manages to write about seemingly dry and boring scientific details in a way that you think you are reading a thriller!


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Jun 04, 2015

Polynesians came from SE Asia, not from South America. Neolithic Farmers did not displace Europeans; for the most part, the ideas of the Agricultural Revolution spread
to the people already living in Europe and the native populations grew as a result.
About 17% of European mtDNA does come from Neolithic farmers who moved in.


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