A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in by Adam Rutherford

By Adam Rutherford

This is a narrative approximately you. it's the historical past of who you're and the way you got here to be. it truly is distinctive to you, because it is to every of the a hundred billion glossy people who've ever drawn breath. however it is usually our collective tale, simply because in each of our genomes we every one hold the historical past of our species—births, deaths, disorder, struggle, famine, migration, and many sex.

considering the fact that scientists first learn the human genome in 2001, it's been topic to every type of claims, counterclaims, and myths. in reality, as Adam Rutherford explains, our genomes could be learn no longer as guideline manuals, yet as epic poems. DNA determines some distance below we've been resulted in think approximately us as members, yet significantly extra approximately us as a species.

during this beautiful trip throughout the increasing panorama of genetics, Adam Rutherford finds what our genes now let us know approximately historical past, and what background tells us approximately our genes. From Neanderthals to homicide, from redheads to race, useless kings to plague, evolution to epigenetics, it is a demystifying and illuminating new portrait of who we're and the way we got here to be.

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Gene sequencing from living cells these days is easy as pie, and anyone can do it with a couple of day’s training and the right equipment: it’s the analysis, the number crunching that takes real expertise.

It’s packaged up in different ways, a language organized into books, chapters, origami and pamphlets. And passed around the generations in different ways too. In animals, DNA is bundled up into chromosomes, huge chunks of double helix, wrapped around itself, and wrapped around little lumpy proteins, which again spiral tight again until they look like those iconic X shapes that we see in textbooks. In most cells, we carry two complete sets of chromosomes, one set inherited from your mother, one from your father, twenty-three pairs in total all neatly stored in the nucleus, the little nut in the centre of cells.

Chapter 14: Recapitulation and Conclusion’ in The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin, 1859 This is a story about you. It concerns the tale of who you are and how you came to be. It is your individual story, because the journey of life that alights at your existence is unique, as it is for every person who has ever drawn breath. And it’s also our collective story, because as an ambassador for the whole of our species, you are both typical and exceptional. Despite our differences, all humans are remarkably close relatives, and our family tree is pollarded, and tortuous, and not in the slightest bit like a tree.

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