A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived

The Human Story Retold Through Our Gene

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Adam Rutherford: A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived (Hardcover, 2017)

Hardcover, 402 pages

English language

Published Aug. 27, 2017

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This is a story about you. It is the history of who you are and how you came to be. It is unique to you, as it is to each of the 100 billion modern humans who have ever drawn breath. But it is also our collective story, because in every one of our genomes we each carry the history of our species births, deaths, disease, war, famine, migration, and a lot of sex.

Since scientists first read the human genome in 2001, it has been subject to all sorts of claims, counterclaims, and myths. In fact, as Adam Rutherford explains, our genomes should be read not as instruction manuals, but as epic poems. DNA determines far less than we have been led to believe about us as individuals, but vastly more about us as a species.

In this captivating journey through the expanding landscape of genetics, Adam Rutherford reveals …

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  • Origin
  • Genomics
  • DNA
  • Evolution (Biology)
  • Human genome
  • Human evolution
  • Human beings
  • History