The Seven Daughters of Eve

The Seven Daughters of Eve

Book - 2001
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In 1994 Professor Bryan Sykes, a renowned world authority on genetics, was called in to examine the frozen remains of a man trapped in ice in northern Italy. News of the discovery of the Ice Man and his age which Professor Sykes put at over five thousand years old, fascinated the world. But what made the story particularly extraordinary was that Professor Sykes was also able to track down a genetic ancestor of the Ice Man, a woman living in Britain today. How was he able to locate a living relative of a man who died thousands of years beforehand? In The Seven Daughters of Eve, Bryan Sykes tells us of his scientific research into a strand of DNA, known as mithocondrial DNA, which passes undiluted from generation to generation through the maternal line making it possible to trace one's DNA throughout the world and throughout time. After plotting the sequences of sample DNA tissue, he found that they clustered around only seven main groups. The conclusion: almost everyone of European descent, wherever they live in the world, can trace their ancestry back to one of seven women, the so-called seven daughters of Eve. He has named them: Ursula, Tara, Helena, Katrine, Xenia, Jasm
Publisher: New York : Norton, 2001.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780593048368
Characteristics: p. cm.


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Nov 14, 2017

I loved this book - took a complex topic like genetics and broke it down into language all of us can connect with. Though there were a few terms and genetic details that caused me to have to look into it all a bit further, it's a great read about a very interesting topic. I am always on the search for books like this - topics beyond my expertise, written for my consumption!

Jun 04, 2015

Informative and neat.

Apr 07, 2013

The subject of DNA and our past sounds scientific and heavy but the author who did the science is also a great popular writer. He made the science reasonably understandable while using great anecdotes about the research work to make you feel you were at least a fly on the wall. And to read the conclusion that somewhere in the not too distant past there was one woman who was our mother. Who would have thought of that :-)

Jul 22, 2012

Fascinating account of the history of DNA tracking all the way back to the seven women every European is related to genetically. Bryan Sykes manages to write about seemingly dry and boring scientific details in a way that you think you are reading a thriller!

Apr 15, 2010

What a remarkable book. Who would have thought that a book about mitochondrial DNA would be a real page burner? Mitochondrial DNA is scientific proof of the bond not just between mother and child but all mothers to all their grand children. This will eventually be the new Heraldry.


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Jun 04, 2015

Polynesians came from SE Asia, not from South America. Neolithic Farmers did not displace Europeans; for the most part, the ideas of the Agricultural Revolution spread
to the people already living in Europe and the native populations grew as a result.
About 17% of European mtDNA does come from Neolithic farmers who moved in.


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Apr 15, 2010

By the time I had planned the return trip, and persuaded the Royal Society to pay for it -- after all, they had paid for Cook's first voyage to Tahiti, as I pointed out in my application.

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