Science writer and broadcaster Dr Adam Rutherford explains how we all carry the history of the human race – births, deaths, disease, war, famine, migration and sex – in our genes like an epic poem.
Rutherford argues that our genes tell us a lot less than we are led to believe about us as individuals, but more about us as a species. He explains what our genes tell us about history and what history tells us about our genes – providing a portrait of who we are and how we came to be.
Rutherford studied genetics at University College London and was part of a team that identified the genetic cause of a form of childhood blindness. He has written and presented award-winning series and programmes for the BBC including BBC Radio 4’s weekly Inside Science, BBC Four’s The Cell, and Playing God on creation and synthetic biology for Horizon. His first book, Creation, was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Prize.