A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived
W&N, 432 pages, €21
Since scientists first read the human genome in 2001, it has been subject to all sorts of claims, counterclaims and myths. It’s also something of a mystery for most lay people. Here, English geneticist Adam Rutherford attempts to make these building blocks of life accessible for a general readership.
Subtitled The Stories in Our Genes, we are taken on a journey through the expanding landscape of genetics. The book documents what our genes now tell us about history, and what history tells us about our genes.
From Neanderthals to murder, from redheads to race, dead kings to the plague, evolution to the evolving science of epigenetics, Rutherford promises an illuminating portrait of who we are and how we came to be.