The Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science that Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry

July 19, 2001

What if we could trace our genetic makeup all the way back to fewer than ten primeval individuals? In fact, says geneticist Bryan Sykes, we can. He joins us today on Focus to explain how the study of a 5,000-year-old man's frozen remains in Italy led to the discovery of a particular strand of DNA that can be traced back to seven prehistoric women: The Seven Daughters of Eve.

Guest: Bryan Sykes (Professor of Human Genetics, Institute of Molecular Medicine, Oxford University; author of The Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science that Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry)