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Deep Ancestry by Spencer Wells
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Jul 01, 09

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Describes for the common reader the methodology and results so far of a study of human genetic roots through DNA in Y-chromosomes and mitochondria in females which demonstrates migration patterns of our earliest ancestors.
This arc has been lying around since 2006, but it was well worth the wait. Now I want to know more -- what new has been learned. I went right to the website - but discovered that it costs $100 to fit yourself into that data. The arc did not have the illustrations, but for the most part the text is so clearly written so they weren't necessary. It is also missing a hefty appendix that was one reviewer's favorite part. The project attempts to collect DNA from populations still relatively unmixed and he uses as his examples a Navajo, an South Indian villager, and a member of the Tanzanian Hadzabe group as well as his Danish grandmother and a descendent of Thomas Jefferson's slave Sally Hemings. Wells, a geneticist, is Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic and director of the project.
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message 1: by Barbara (new)

Barbara I 've been toying with the idea of having my children swab their cheeks ever since I heard about this project. I'm putting this on my my list of books to read.


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