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A brief history of everyone who ever lived : the human story retold… (original 2016; edition 2017)

by Adam Rutherford

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Title:A brief history of everyone who ever lived : the human story retold through our genes
Authors:Adam Rutherford
Info:New York : The Experiment, 2017.
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A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes by Adam Rutherford (2016)


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Good summary of the use and misuse of 'genes' & 'genetics' in popular media and 'recreational science' books. Easily tread and comprehended by the lay audience whom he directs this at. The 'Reference and Further Reading List' is comprehensive enough for the curious to dig deeper if needed. ( )
  LapsusCalami | Apr 24, 2019 |
Adam Rutherford uses DNA as source material to provide this history of human beings: how we came to be and who we are now. As a non-scientist, I found it, at times, a bit hard to follow...but mostly very readable and even humourous at times. It provides a good reality check on the expectations we place on genetic mapping. On the other hand, it ignores the whole discussion of how much information we would want to know on a personal basis -- linking our ability to know with having the resources to do anything with the information. And even though I don't subscribe to creationism, I found his rant against it over the top and unnecessarily vitriolic ( )
  LynnB | Apr 2, 2019 |
Very readable and principled overview of human genetics, particularly the bogus statements made by genetic-testing ancestry companies. ( )
  adzebill | Mar 13, 2019 |
Although I had read controversial reviews of this book, I quite enjoyed it.

Ruterford tries to explain genetics and the history of the human race in layman's terms, which I greatly appreciated. Though, I am not sure all facts presented are scientifically sound (this is why I am giving this book only 3 stars - I'm just not sure whether all truths presented are indeed truths). I am not a geneticist but work with students in that field and hence this book will certainly be discussed in class.

This review is based on a NetGalley ARC (for the North American edition) provided by the publishers in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  JulesGDSide | Nov 29, 2018 |
This was an overview of human ancestry and genetics by a British scientist currently doing work in that discipline. Interesting, understandable, and readable. I enjoyed it.
  benjfrank | Sep 11, 2018 |
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In our unique genomes, every one of us carries the story of our species--births, deaths, disease, war, famine, migration, and a lot of sex. But those stories have always been locked away--until now. Who are our ancestors? Where did they come from? Geneticists have suddenly become historians, and the hard evidence in our DNA has blown the lid off what we thought we knew. Acclaimed science writer Adam Rutherford explains exactly how genomics is completely rewriting the human story--from 100,000 years ago to the present. A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived will upend your thinking on Neanderthals, evolution, royalty, race, and even redheads. (For example, we now know that at least four human species once roamed the earth.) Plus, here is the remarkable, controversial story of how our genes made their way to the Americas--one that's still being written, as ever more of us have our DNA sequenced. Rutherford closes with "A Short Introduction to the Future of Humankind," filled with provocative questions that we're on the cusp of answering: Are we still in the grasp of natural selection? Are we evolving for better or worse? And . . . where do we go from here?… (more)

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