A 2-parts series exploring one the most important innovations in Genetics: the Molecular Clock, a novel way to interpret random genetic mutations in every living creature – and deduce from them it’s evolutionary past. The series explores the scientific & theoretical foundation of the Molecular Clock, as well as the implications it had on our understanding of our own collective – and personal – pasts.
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Part II – Y Chromosome Adam
The male Y-Chromosome holds tantalizing clues about our own, personal past – but that past can turn out to be very troubling. Tatiana Zerjal’s research on DNA samples brought by Spencer Wells from Central Asia revealed uncomfortable truths, such as the extent of rape and murder in Genghis Khan’s Mongol empire. Do we really want to know the secrets our DNA holds?