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A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived by Adam Rutherford (October 2016)

A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived  by Adam Rutherford (October 2016)Reviewed on Wireless Books Otago Access Radio 105.4FM 29 October 2016 and also on podcast

This is a story about you.

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 on of our genomes we each carry the history of our species - births, deaths, disease, war, famine, migration and sex.

In this captivating global journey through the expanding landscape of genetics, Adam Rutherford reveals what our genes now tell us about history and what history tells us about our genes.  From Neanderthals to medieval kings, redheads to race, evolution to epigenetics, this is a demystifying and illuminating new portrait of who we are and how we came to be.
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