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The Seven Daughters of Eve

The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry
Lu par : Michael Page
Durée : 9 h et 5 min
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

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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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  • S. R.
  • 06/03/2019

Hours of data, minutes of story.

My title sums it up. Interesting, but as something to listen to on a commute, it gets a little tedious as Dr. Sykes explains how he dissolved his method of DNA analysis, leading up to the stories of the 7 daughters of Eve. The stories themselves are very enjoyable, and the info is interesting, it’s just so unlistenable on a long drive.

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  • Kat Harrison
  • 12/09/2018

Really informative and interesting

Fascinating. Loved the behind the scenes about the research process and explanation of the DNA and what it means for understanding human evolution. Perfect narration!

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  • LEZMES
  • 23/08/2018

DNA ON HUMAN HISTORY

Like it, rediscovering our past with the help of DNA. Narrator was not as good as the book.