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A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes

Approfondimenti chiave da Adam Rutherford e Siddhartha Mukherjee

A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes


Approfondimenti chiave da Adam Rutherford e Siddhartha Mukherjee

A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes

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Using DNA to discover where we came from and who we are today.

Who are you? Where did your family come from, and who shares your ancestry? Thanks to modern breakthroughs in genetics, we no longer have to rely on dusty old documents to find out. In this Snapshot, you’ll learn what genes tell us about the history of the earliest Homo sapiens, including where they went, who they bred with, and what they ate. You’ll also learn about the role of genetics in bad behavior and disease.

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  • Are interested in genetics or biology
  • Want to know more about human origins
  • Wonder how much your genes control you
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Introduction

This story is about people — who we are and where we came from. For thousands of years, we have relied on paintings, carvings, and documents to record our stories, looking back at these artifacts to understand our history. But this history is quite vague. Paintings fade and documents get destroyed, and most of all, these records were entirely subjective to begin with.

But we no longer have to rely on untrustworthy sources to know where we came from. There is a new way to peek into the past, one that cannot be tarnished by mildew, rot, or bias. And you carry it in your very...

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