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The Seven Daughters of Eve by Bryan Sykes
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Jul 05, 11

Read from June 12 to 16, 2011

This book is a fascinating and accessible account of the study of DNA and mitochondrial DNA, which is passed from mother to daughter through generations, but not to sons. In 1994, Sykes was called to examine the remains of “The Iceman” whose body had been found in the Italian Alps. Sykes was surprised to discover that he could still extract DNA from his old bones. From a data base in his lab of DNA samples from present-day Europeans, he discovered that a woman he knew had DNA that exactly matched that of the Iceman. This meant that there was an unbroken genetic link between his friend, Marie, and the Iceman’s mother, stretching back over 5000 years and recorded in the DNA. Sykes explains things well, and writes with humor and in an easy style. He goes on to tell how these first discoveries grew until he had found seven women who lived during the Ice Age, from whom all Europeans today have come.

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