A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes
Publish Date: 2012-12-21
In every one of our genomes we each carry the history of our speciesbirths, deaths, disease, war, famine, migration, and a lot of sex. But those stories have always been locked awayuntil now, with the invention of genomics, a tool that lets scientists decode our DNA. The implications for our identity are enormous. As acclaimed science writer Adam Rutherford shows, before genomics, we never really knew much about ourselves at all. And so he rewrites all of human historyfrom 100,000 years ago to the present, and on topics as wide-ranging as Neanderthals and murder, redheads and race, dead kings and plague, evolution and epigeneticsusing genetics to shatter deeply held beliefs about our heritage, and to replace them with new answers to some of the biggest questions of all: Who we are, and how we came to be.