A fascinating evaluation of our genetic origins.
is Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Oxford, has had
a remarkable scientific career in genetics. After undertaking
medical research into the causes of inherited bone disease, he set
out to discover if DNA, the genetic material, could possibly
survive in ancient bones. It did and he was the first to report on
the recovery of ancient DNA from archaeological bone in the journal
"Nature" in 1989. Since then Professor Sykes has been called in as
the leading international authority to examine several high profile
cases, such as the Ice Man, Cheddar Man and the many individuals
claiming to be surviving members of the Russian Royal Family.
Alongside this, he and his research team have over the last ten years compiled by far the most complete DNA family tree of our species yet seen.He has always emphasised the importance of the individual in shaping our genetic world. The website www.oxfordancestors.com offers people the chance to find out for themselves, from a DNA sample, where they fit in.
As well as a scientist, Bryan Sykes has been a television news reporter and a parliamentary science adviser. He is the author of The Seven Daughters of Eve and Adam's Curse.
A terrific book, written with humour and humanity * The Sunday
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 *