DNA: Behind the Scenes

DNA testing has become part of genealogy but what does it really mean? What are the different tests? Why do they tell us different things? In short, what do you need to know to start to think about DNA?

On Thursday June 29th at 7:00pm, learn the answers to all of these questions from genealogist Daniel Hubbard, a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Our first floor display features some books about DNA and genes.

The Language of Life – Francis S. Collins
With accessible, insightful prose, Dr. Collins describes the medical, scientific, and genetic revolution that is currently unlocking the secrets of “personalized medicine,” and offers practical advice on how to utilize these discoveries for you and your family’s current and future health and well-being.

The Gene Therapy Plan – Mitchell L. Gaynor M.D.
Practical, evidence-based approaches to diet, including juices, recipes, and comprehensive meal plans. And it explains the cutting-edge science that is revolutionizing what we know about how our biology and our behavior intersect.

Life’s Greatest Secret – Matthew Cobb
Everyone has heard of the story of DNA as the story of Watson and Crick and Rosalind Franklin, but knowing the structure of DNA was only a part of a greater struggle to understand life’s secrets. Life’s Greatest Secret is the story of the discovery and cracking of the genetic code, the thing that ultimately enables a spiraling molecule to give rise to the life that exists all around us.

DNA USA – Bryan Sykes
Bryan Sykes, one of the world’s leading geneticists and best-selling author of The Seven Daughters of Eve, sets his sights on America, one of the most genetically variegated countries in the world. Sykes embarks on a road trip―DNA testing kit in tow―interviewing genealogists, anthropologists, and everyday Americans, tracing America’s history along a double helix that stretches from the last Ice Age to the present day.

Super Genes – Deepak Chopra M.D. & Rudolph E. Tanzi Ph.D
The authors of the New York Times bestseller Super Brain present a bold new understanding of our genes and how simple changes in lifestyle can boost genetic activity. The leap into “radical well-being” is a promise waiting to be fulfilled.

The Gene – Siddhartha Mukherjee
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies—a fascinating history of the gene and “a magisterial account of how human minds have laboriously, ingeniously picked apart what makes us tick

Move Your DNA – Katy Bowman
Move Your DNA explains the science behind our need for natural movement – right down to the cellular level. It examines the differences between the movements in a typical hunter – gatherer’s life and the movements in our own. It shows the many problems with using exercise like movement vitamins instead of addressing the deeper issue of a poor movement diet.

Blood, Bullets, and Bones – Bridget Heos
Acclaimed author Bridget Heos uses real-life cases to tell the history of modern forensic science, from the first test for arsenic poisoning to fingerprinting, firearm and blood spatter analysis, DNA evidence, and all the important milestones in between.

-Claire

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