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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.

©2001 Bryan Skyes (P)2017 Tantor

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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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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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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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DNA ON HUMAN HISTORY

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

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a fascinating and engaging look into genetics

a fascinating and engaging look into not just what is known of ancestral genetics but also into how it is known. engaging to a layman such as myself at every turn.

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Very Interesting

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, especially if you are interested on where humans came from. I have wanted to read this book for years but did not make the time until I did 23andMe. I wanted to learn more about maternal haplogroups. I recently started utilizing audible books so I can multi-task (clean, drive, etc). I found this to be easy to listen to and I do not drift off like I have with other books.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. Too much information. It is better to listen in multiple sittings.

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  • Trevor Hunter
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Gene-ius

loved it. The most convincing story of us, The story of Eve for a scientific audience. Highly recommended and easy to listen to despite the subject matter. Thanks Brian.