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The Human Inheritance: Genes, Languages, and Evolution Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-0198502746 ISBN-10: 0198502745 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 1 edition (February 24, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198502745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198502746
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,179,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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' This is a thought-provoking and extremely readable book in which the arguments are uniformly cogent and the exemplifications admirable' Human Genetics

About the Author

Dr. Bryan Sykes is based at the Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford OX3 9DS. Tel. 01865 222404 Fax 01865 222498 Email bsykes@molbiol. ox.ac.uk

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Bryan Sykes is professor of human genetics at Oxford University. His company, Oxford Ancestors, traces human genetic backgrounds. Sykes's books include the New York Times best-selling The Seven Daughters of Eve.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Lee on October 20, 2011
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The Human Inheritance is a collection of papers presented at Wolfson College in the spring of 1997. The authors of these papers are certifiably gifted and on the cutting edge of the fascinating study of genetics. BUT this is NOT a worthwhile read for the average layperson. I've read (and loved) all of Bryan Sykes' books. He's a GREAT writer and teacher. His other works are clear, wildly interesting and absolutely for the novice...like me. This book was a huge disappointment. He didn't write but one of the chapters and the rest of the works had references to details and concepts they didn't explain (and wouldn't have to, to the audience they were addressing at the conference) making it a frustrating read that did nothing to help me understand "The Human Inheritance." I gave it two stars because it probably would be fine for someone with a genetics background. For everyone else, read Sykes' other books.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bmülhausen on April 26, 2011
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Really great reading, like a police novel. I read it in a very short time. Mr. Sykes' style is easy enough for amateurs, full of the desire to share his own passion, just great! I can only recommend it.
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