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DNA USA: A Genetic Portrait of America

DNA USA: A Genetic Portrait of America


By (author) Bryan Sykes

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  • Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 226mm x 30mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 21 May 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0871403587
  • ISBN 13: 9780871403582
  • Illustrations note: 8 pages of colour; 8 pages of black-and-white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 497,445

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The 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, Bryan Sykes takes us on an historical genetic tour, interviewing genealogists, research anthropologists, celebrities and average Americans with compelling ancestral stories. His findings suggest: among white Americans today, evidence of African DNA is most common in the South; racial intermixing appears least in New England; of Americans whose ancestors came as slaves, virtually all have some European DNA; and European genes became present among Native Americans as early as ten thousand years ago.

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Bryan Sykes, a professor of human genetics at the University of Oxford and founder of Oxford Ancestors, is the author of The Seven Daughters of Eve and Saxons, Vikings and Celts.

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"Sykes stands up his main conclusions beautifully. We are (almost) all little melting pots." Debora MacKenzie, The New Scientist