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    One of the most dramatic stories of genetic discovery since James Watson's The Double Helix - a work whose scientific and cultural reverberations will be discussed for years to come.

    In 1994 Professor Bryan Sykes, a leading world authority on DNA and human evolution, was called in to examine the frozen remains of a man trapped in glacial ice in northern Italy. News of both the Ice Man's discovery and his age, which was put at over 5,000 years, fascinated scientists and newspapers throughout the world. But what made Sykes's story particularly revelatory was his successful identification of a genetic descendant of the Ice Man, a woman living in Great Britain today. How was Sykes able to locate a living relative of a man who died thousands of years ago?

    In The Seven Daughters of Eve, he gives us a firsthand account of his research into a remarkable gene, which passes undiluted from generation to generation through the maternal line. After plotting thousands of DNA sequences from all over the world, Sykes found that they clustered around a handful of distinct groups. Among Europeans and North American Caucasians, there are, in fact, only seven.

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    excellent, well read

    intriguing story about genetics and the role it plays in discovering our ancestry.
    Fully recommend

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    • Ann
    • 09/04/2020

    Eurocentric

    I should have realized by the title, but the seven daughters are European ancestors only. He gives lip service to other matrilineal lines but for the most part, very Eurocentric, which was disappointing to me.

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    • Phoebe Grubbs
    • 13/04/2018

    Fun read

    I read this for research at school, but I liked it so much that I bought a copy for my own library. The narration was good, and the fictional stories of the seven daughters made the scientific information fun. loved it.

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    • David Tyree
    • 23/04/2019

    Well written and well read

    I listen to and read a lot of books aimed at lay people about genetics and human evolution, and frequently I feel like many authors are rehashing previously written material and aren't adding much that is new. So I cautiously started listening to this audio book hoping that it would be better than some of my other recent listens. I was pleasantly surprised both at the writing style, which was engaging and at the narration which was also well done. The book covers the discover and use of mitochondrial DNA to trace our maternal ancestry in a way that illuminates various aspects of human history. One thing I particularly enjoyed about this book was the author's writing style and use of story, he interweaves his personal story and personal stories of our 7 ancestral mothers to tell a more relate-able and emotional story than would have been told alone had he just stuck to the science - he added the human component to the story.

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    • Tracey
    • 20/03/2018

    Excellent explanation of how the maternal DNA work

    Loved it from start to finish
    Have heard stories before on the maternal DNA but now I understand a lot better

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    • Sanet Gouws
    • 12/08/2019

    Brilliant!

    Most interesting book I've ever listened to. I've been looking for this book for many years and i'm very glad I found this book from audible.

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    • Leslie
    • 25/06/2021

    Clear easy reading of complex subject

    Bryan Sykes makes human evolution and the revelations of DNA easy to understand, and then imagines the lives of prehistoric humans, based on actual scientific discovery, with realistic detail. Just plain wonderful.

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    • Forrest Wilkes
    • 26/05/2021

    Captivating, Fascinating

    Entirely fascinating work and an engrossing story. where did the time go?? On to buy more books by this uniquely gifted researcher and writer.

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    • Brigid Garroni
    • 27/02/2021

    Narration does not do the subject justice.

    I'd read this book in my early twenties and was enthralled. So I was thrilled to find it in audible, which made my disappointment so much worse. The narrator has a beautiful voice but always reads in the same sing-song, as though he isn't alwats conscious of what he's reading. Perhaps he was bored, but this us like a classroom reading and lost my attention frequently. So disappointing!

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    • Janet H.
    • 09/09/2020

    Ate you my mother?

    loved the audible recording. allowed me to work through chores as I gained valuable information

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    • Joliecajun
    • 07/11/2019

    An interesting glimpse

    This audible book is a good fit for those interested in the DNA side of anthropology. It mixes modern technological finds with a quaint narrative for each character to give the listener a valuable glimpse into the time period each of the women lived in. Great find for the DNA/23 and Me curious.