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    DescriptionOne 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 five thousand 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. This conclusion was staggering: almost everyone of native European descent, wherever they may live throughout the world, can trace their ancestry back to one of seven women, the Seven Daughters of Eve. Naming them Ursula, Xenia, Helena, Velda, Tara, Katrine, and Jasmine, Sykes has created portraits of their disparate worlds by mapping the migratory patterns followed by millions of their ancestors. In reading the stories of these seven women, we learn exactly how our origins can be traced, how and where our ancient genetic ancestors lived, and how we are each living proof of the almost indestructible strands of DNA, which have survived over so many thousands of years. Indeed, The Seven Daughters of Eve is filled with dramatic stories: from Sykes's identification, using DNA samples from two living relatives, of the remains of Tsar Nicholas and Tsaress Alexandra, to the Caribbean woman whose family had been sold into slavery centuries before and whose ancestry Sykes was able to trace back to the Eastern coast of central Africa. Ultimately, Sykes's investigation reveals that, as a race, what humans have in common is more deeply embedded than what separates us."


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    Title
    The Seven Daughters of Eve
    Subtitle
    The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Bryan Sykes
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 318
    Width: 162 mm
    Height: 242 mm
    Thickness: 27 mm
    Weight: 590 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780393020182
    ISBN 10: 0393020185
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCP
    BIC subject category V2: PSAK1, PDZ
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 40, 01
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    Libri: I-AH
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16100
    BISAC V2.8: SCI029000
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 599.935
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002020
    B&T Approval Code: A64300000
    BISAC V2.8: SCI027000
    DC22: 599.93/5
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC21: 599.93
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: GN289 .S94 2001
    Thema V1.0: JHM, PSAK, PSAJ
    Edition statement
    American ed.
    Illustrations note
    map
    Publisher
    WW Norton & Co
    Imprint name
    WW Norton & Co
    Publication date
    17 July 2001
    Publication City/Country
    New York