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A Genetic and Cultural Odyssey
Author: Linda Stone

ISBN: 9780231133968
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 7 April 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 16.4 x 1.8
Regarded by many as one of the most important scientists of our time, L. Luca Cavalli-Sforza has changed the way we understand human genetics and culture. Drawing links between genetic and cultural development, Cavalli-Sforza has made groundbreaking discoveries in the evolution of "Homo sapiens," prehistoric migration, and the origins of human differentiation. Based on interviews with his colleagues and analyses of his work, Stone and Lurquin's biography, the first on the scientist, offers an insightful portrait of Cavalli-Sforza's life and ideas.

Cavalli-Sforza's first major breakthrough came in the 1950s with his discoveries in bacterial genetics and sexual reproduction. Revolutionary at the time, these discoveries continue to influence efforts in gene cloning. He then went on to develop scientific and statistical techniques to trace the evolution of Homo sapiens. Using these techniques, Cavalli-Sforza was able to more fully describe human origins and prehistoric migrations over the planet. More recently, his work on the Y chromosome has helped pin down with greater accuracy the timing of human differentiation into ethnic groups. As the founder of ...

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