A short acronym, but a world of meanings: DNA is a resource against diseases, a tool for identifying murderers, and a key to understanding human behaviour. Its history is so old that it dates back to the appearance of life on Earth. And what about the future? The authors address issues ranging from Neanderthal genetics to cloning human beings, and also focus on the hopes (and the fears) that, thanks to DNA, drive science and our very lives.
Giovanni Destro Bisol teaches Anthropology and Human Biodiversity at the Sapienza University in Rome. He heads the Italian Institute of Anthropology and is the chief editor of the Journal of Anthropological Sciences.
Marco Capocasa is earning a Ph.D. in Molecular Anthropology.
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