- Gebundene Ausgabe: 320 Seiten
- Verlag: W W Norton & Co Inc; Auflage: American. (Juli 2001)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0393020185
- ISBN-13: 978-0393020182
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,5 x 3 x 24,4 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 528.887 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – Juli 2001
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In The Seven Daughters of Eve Bryan Sykes has produced a highly readable scientific autobiography depicting the major events in his career as a human geneticist. He was the first to extract DNA from the bones of the 5,000-year-old Iceman, and he solved the problem of the colonisation of Polynesia by tracing modern Polynesians' genetic ancestry. The high point of his work so far is the creation of a genetic map of Western Europe, showing that over 95% of native Europeans can trace their ancestry back to one of seven individual women. To trace this lineage Sykes and his team used mitochondria, tiny structures within each cell, which are passed on purely down the maternal line. Because they do not engage in recombination like chromosomes, mitochondria are easy to trace, changing only as a result of slow mutation. The mutation rate acts as a clock indicating how long different populations have been separated. The science is clearly explained and Sykes gives a good flavour of the life of a working scientist in a series of well-chosen anecdotes, all written in a warm, engaging style. The seven daughters themselves, whom he has named Ursula, Xenia, Helena, Velda, Tara, Katrine and Jasmine, are brought to life in rather whimsical little stories describing how their lives might have been before and during the last great Ice Age. All in all, this is an excellent piece of popular-science writing, unveiling a fascinating story about human inter-relatedness. It deserves to be widely read. --Elizabeth Sourbut -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
"A terrific book, written with humour and humanity" (The Sunday Times)
"An engrossing, bubbly read, a boy's own adventure in scientific story-telling that fairly bounces along... a thumping good read" (Observer)
"Sykes's wonderfully clear book should be compulsory reading for politicians... an eye-opening guide to the new branch of science that is changing the human race's view of itself" (Literary Review) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
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But the worst (and main) part of the book is still to come: seven "biographies" of those women who were the (matrilinear) ancestors of all Europeans. While these women have really existed, there is no point in inventing names and biographies for them: each gene had its first bearer, but who would write a story about "the first man who was rhesus-negative" ? But this is just to create an emotional feeling among the readers, as explained in he last chapter: all matrilinear descendants of each of the seven women form a "clan" of their own, and should have warm feelings for their great great...grandmother, and feel for each other like brothers and sisters. The author's website offers a DNA analysis: pay a few hundred euros and find out which "clan" you belong to. I do reject: it is cheaper to have warm feelings for the billions of brothers and sisters who have the same blood group as me.