Books et al.ANCIENT DNA

Wielding new genomic tools wisely

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Science  20 Apr 2018:
Vol. 360, Issue 6386, pp. 274
DOI: 10.1126/science.aat3780

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In Who We Are and How We Got Here, David Reich gracefully describes how recent advances in genomics have enabled the study of ancient genomes and how this, in turn, has significantly affected the study of the evolutionary and demographic history of our species. Although scientifically solid and comprehensive, the book overlooks some of the most profound issues inherent in this type of work, specifically with regard to the practices surrounding the collection and processing of human DNA samples.