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    • May 2005
    • 9780231133968
  • 248 Pages
  • 35 Illustrations

  • Hardcover
  • $60.00
  • / £41.50


    • May 2005
    • 9780231508582
  • 248 Pages
  • 35 Illustrations

  • E-book
  • $59.99
  • / £41.50

A Genetic and Cultural Odyssey

The Life and Work of L. Luca Cavalli-Sforza

Linda Stone and Paul F. Lurquin

Drawing links between genetic and cultural development, Cavalli-Sforza developed groundbreaking techniques to trace the evolution of Homo sapiens and the origins of human differentiation, in addition to his earlier work in bacterial genetics. He is also the founder of the Human Genome Diversity Project and continues to work as the principal investigator at Stanford University's Human Population Genetics Laboratory. Based on extensive research and interviews with Cavalli-Sforza and his colleagues, this biography examines the scientist's life and his immense and occasionally controversial contributions to genetics, anthropology, and linguistics.

About the Author

Linda Stone is professor of anthropology at Washington State University. She is the author of Gender and Culture in America(with Nancy P. McKee); Kinship and Gender: An Introduction; and Illness Beliefs and Feeding the Dead in Hindu Nepal. She lives in Pullman, Washington. Paul Lurquin is professor of genetics at Washington State University. He is the author of The Green Phoenix: A History of Genetically Modified Plants; High Tech Harvest: Understanding Genetically Modified Food Plants; and The Origins of Life and the Universe; and Genes and DNA (with Charlotte Omoto). He lives in Pullman, Washington.

This fascinating little book demonstrates that Cavalli-Sforza has blazed a path well worth reading.

Oren Solomon

As a renaissance scientist in the purist form... Cavalli-Sforza is a giant upon whom many scientists have stood... Highly recommended.

A Genetic and Cultural Odyssey is a wonderful journey through the life to date of a giant who is nearly glued to science.

Nyamkhishig Sambuughin, Ph.D.