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The field of human genetics has been revolutionized over the last five years with the development of powerful technology for rapidly reading information encoded in the DNA of individual people. This “personal genome” revolution was motivated by biomedical researchers interested in disease understanding and diagnosis. But now the same sophisticated technology used by genome pioneers has become affordable to the average consumer. And it’s changing everything we think we know about where we come from and why we look and act the way we do.
Dr. Lee Silver explains how you can see the movements of your ancestors across centuries and millennia, even down to the region and ethnicity of particular genes and traits. He takes you on a tour of understanding the genetic basis for your own characteristic attributes of body and mind. Finally, he explains how you can even obtain insight into the characteristics of the children you could conceive with one partner or another.