A Genetic Portrait of America

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The best-selling author of The Seven Daughters of Eve now turns his sights on the United States, one of the most genetically variegated countries in the world. From the blue-blooded pockets of old-WASP New England to the vast tribal lands of the Navajo, Bryan Sykes takes us on a historical genetic tour, interviewing genealogists, geneticists, anthropologists, and everyday Americans with compelling ancestral stories. His findings suggest:

* Of Americans whose ancestors came as slaves, virtually all have some European DNA.
* Racial intermixing appears least common among descendants of early New England colonists.
* There is clear evidence of Jewish genes among descendants of southwestern Spanish Catholics.
* Among white Americans, evidence of African DNA is most common in the South.
* European genes appeared among Native Americans as early as ten thousand years ago.

An unprecedented look into America's genetic mosaic and how we perceive race, DNA USA challenges the very notion of what we think it means to be American.
Publisher: New York : Liveright Pub. Corp., [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780871404121
Branch Call Number: 599.9350973 SYK
Characteristics: xi, 369 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Genetic portrait of America


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Jan 04, 2017

I do not agree with the tenets of genetic determinism, which is the belief that our genes dictate almost all outcomes in our lives. I liked this book because Sykes uses
genetics to complement the (sometimes non-existent) family history of the people he interviewed. He also effectively explains some of the esoteric genetic terms that escaped
me in high school biology (x-linked recessive, etc.).

jcdunne Aug 06, 2013

Easy to read, understand and retain.
I learned a lot.

Jun 21, 2012

Genetics scientist brings expertise to America.

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Jun 21, 2012

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Jun 21, 2012

This book is a little less scientific than his other books (The Seven Daughter of Eve, or Adam's Curse). It focuses on America and the genealogy and genetic issure specific to the United States of America. There's a lot of boring story telling to wade through to get at the nuggets of information, but if you're interested, or have read his other books it is worth it.


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Jun 21, 2012

Describing preparations for a road trip by car from Denver to Pine Ridge Indian reservation:

"Our imagination fired by footage of the grizzlies we would no doubt encounter on the road ahead, we decided we needed something large and solid. We were directed to that section of the lot, and there we definitely found large cars even by American standards. There was a silver monster called the Suburban -- a joke surely since it would have flattened any child it came across playing ball on the streets of the leafy outskirts that movies informed me to expect in all American suburbs. (You could have fitted the suburbs of a small American city into a Suburban and still have had room for the dog.)"


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