Who We Are and How We Got Here:
Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past
This event includes a book signing
February 27, 2019
Harvard Science Center
Hall C, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA
This event is free; no tickets are required.
The Harvard University Division of Science, Cabot Science Library, and Harvard Book Store welcome eminent geneticist DAVID REICH—Harvard Medical School professor and one of the world’s leading pioneers in analyzing ancient human DNA—for a discussion of his latest book, Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past.
About Who We Are and How We Got Here
Geneticists like David Reich have made astounding advances in the field of genomics, which is proving to be as important as archeology, linguistics, and written records as a means to understand our ancestry.
In Who We Are and How We Got Here, Reich allows readers to discover how the human genome provides not only all the information a human embryo needs to develop but also the hidden story of our species. Reich delves into how the genomic revolution is transforming our understanding of modern humans and how DNA studies reveal deep inequalities among different populations, between the sexes, and among individuals. Provocatively, Reich’s book suggests that there might very well be biological differences among human populations but that these differences are unlikely to conform to common stereotypes.
Drawing upon revolutionary findings and unparalleled scientific studies, Who We Are and How We Got Here is a captivating glimpse into humankind—where we came from and what that says about our lives today.
"Reich documents an extraordinary moment in the history of science . . . A potential political bombshell." —Wall Street Journal
"The work in [Reich's] lab has reshaped our understanding of human prehistory . . . He and his colleagues have shed light on the peopling of the planet and the spread of agriculture, among other momentous events." —Carl Zimmer, New York Times
"Remarkable . . . Spectacular . . . In making constant new discoveries about humanity, Reich and his Harvard team are now plunging into uncharted academic waters . . . Reich’s influence in this field has been immense and the output of his department monumental. . . . Thrilling in its clarity and its scope." —Guardian
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