Popular Books and Articles on DNA and History, including Famous Cases

Aronson, Jay D. (2007). Genetic Witness:  Science, Law, and Controversy in the Making of DNA Profiling. New Brunswick: Rutgers.

Bradman, N. and Thomas, M. (1998) Why Y? The Y chromosome in the study of human evolution, migration and prehistory.Science Spectra 14. Neil Bradman and Mark Thomas of the Centre for Genetic Anthropology at University College London discuss the role of fathers in human history.

Carmichael, Terrence and Alexander Kuklin (2000). How to DNA Test Our Family Relationships. DNA Press. Early (and still unique) book on adoptions, paternity and other relationship testing. Carmichael is a founder of GeneTree.

Cavalli-Sforza, Luigi Luca and Francesco Cavalli-Sforza (1995). The Great Human Diasporas. The History of Diversity and Evolution. New York:  Basic.

Cavalli-Sforza, L. et al (1994). The History and Geography of Human Genes. Princeton:  Princeton University Press.

Chromosomal Laboratories, Inc. (2005) “Introduction to DNA.” Handy 6 page guide to DNA marker nomenclature, history of DNA analysis and DNA collection.

———————– (n.d.). “Knowing DNA–Your Body’s Secret Language.” Technical Bulletin 40-015. Reasons to have your DNA profile.

———————– (n.d.) “Understanding DNA Paternity Results.” Technical Bulletin 40-019. All you need to know to read a paternity analysis report.

Committee on Science, Technology, and Law (2009). Strengthening Forensic Science in the U.S.:  A Path Forward.  352 pp. White paper that delivered a sweeping indictment of the state of the nation’s forensic sciences in the criminal justice system and mapped a plan for reform. Free HTML.

DNA-Interactive (web site).  Easy to explore modules on the many applications of DNA and some of its ethical issues.

Gamble, C. (1993). Timewalkers:  The Prehistory of Global Colonization. Stroud:  Sutton.

Gill, P. et al. (1994). Identification of the remains of the Romanov family by DNA analysis. Nature Genet. 6:130-135.

Jehaes, E. et al. (1998). Mitochondrial DNA analysis on remains of a putative son of Louis XVI, King of France and Marie-Antoinette. Eur J Hum Genet. 6/4:383-95.

Jehaes, E. et al. (2001). Mitochondrial DNA analysis on the putative heart of Louis XVII, son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.Eur J Hum Genet. 9/3:185-90.

Jobling, M.A. and C. Tyler-Smith (1995). Fathers and Sons:  The Y Chromosome and Human Evolution. Tr Genet 11:449-56.

Jobling, Mark A. (June 2001). “In the Name of the Father:  Surnames and Genetics.” Trends in Genetics 17/6:353-357.

Jobling, M. A. & Tyler-Smith, C. (2003). “The human Y chromosome: an evolutionary marker comes of age.” Nature Rev. Genet.4:598-612.

Kean, Sam (2012). The Violinist’s Thumb. New York:  Little, Brown. See review on blog.

King, T.E. et al. (2007). Thomas Jefferson’s Y Chromosome Belongs to a Rare European Lineage. Am J Phys Anthrop 132/4:584-89. The third president of the United States has haplogroup K2 and may be descended from a Spanish Jew.

Leary, H.L.F (2001) Sally Hemings’s children: a genealogical analysis of the evidence. National Genealogical Society Quarterly89/3.

Malhi, R.S. (2001). Investigating Prehistoric Population Movements in North America with Ancient and Modern mtDNA. Davis: University of California, Davis.

Mayell, Hillary (Feb. 14, 2003). Genghis Khan a Prolific Lover, DNA Data Implies. National Geographic NewsGenghis Khan a Prolific Lover, DNA Data Implies.

Olson, Steve (2002). Mapping Human History. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.

O’Neill, Sean (March 8, 1997) Cheddar man is my long-lost relative.. Britain’s 9,000 year old skeleton proved to be of U mitochondrial lineage.

Oppenheimer, Stephen (1999). Eden in the East:  Drowned Continent of Southeast Asia. London:  Phoenix.

————– (2006). The Origins of the British. A Genetic Detective Story. New York:  Carroll & Graf.

————— (2004). Out of Eden. New York:  Carroll & Graf.

———– (2003). The Real Eve. Modern Man’s Journey Out of Africa.  New York: Carroll & Graff.

Pomery, Chris (2004) DNA and Family History: How Genetic Testing Can Advance Your Genealogical Research. London: National Archives.

Richards, M. and Macaulay, V. (2000) The mitochondrial gene tree comes of age. Am. J. Hum. Genet. 68: 1315-20.

Roderick, T. H. (n.d.) A discussion of the Y-Chromosome and its role in DNA as tool for genealogists. Genetics & Genealogy. Thomas H. Roderick, Ph.D., of the Center for Human Genetics contributes several introductory lectures on About.com’s Genetics and Genealogy pages.

Rollo, R. et al. (2006). Fine Characterization of the Iceman’s mtDNA Haplogroup. Am J Phys Anthropol. Prepub. The mummy found in the Alps belonged to K1 subcluster but does not fit into any of three present-day branches (a, b, and c).

Shriver, M. D. & Kittles, R. A. Genetic ancestry and the search for personalized genetic histories. Nature Rev. Genet. 5, 611-618 (2004).

Stone, A. C. et al. (2001). Mitochondrial DNA analysis of the presumptive remains of Jesse James. J Forensic Sci. 46/1:173-6.

Sykes, Brian (2001). The Seven Daughters of Eve. The Science that Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry. New York, Norton. Names the founders of Europe’s major female haplogroups Helena, Jasmine, Katrine, Tara, Velda, Xenia, and Ursula.

Sykes, Brian (2006). Saxons, Vikings and Celts. The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland. New York:  Norton.

Vernesi. Cristiano et al. (2001). “Genetic characterization of the body attributed to the evangelist Luke.” PNAS 10/1073. Answer:  Maybe.

Wade, Nicholas (2007). Before the Dawn. New York:  Penguin. “By far the best book I have ever read on humanity’s deep history.” –E. O. Wilson

Watson, James D. (2004). DNA. The Secret of Life. New York:  Knopf.

Wells, Spencer (2006). Deep Ancestry: Inside the Genographic Project. Washington:  National Geographic.

Wells, Spencer (2002). The Journey of Man, a Genetic Odyssey. Princeton UP.

Yates, Donald N. and Teresa A. Yates (2016). DNA and You. Blog Posts from the Golden Age of the Human Genome Project. Longmont:  Panther’s Lodge Publishers.

Zerjal T. et al. (2003). The Genetic Legacy of the Mongols. Am J Hum Genet. 72/3:717-21. C3 is the widespread signature of Genghis Khan.