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02 February 2012
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The Scots

A Genetic Journey
by Alistair Moffat and James F. Wilson - Find out more about the author


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‘[Moffat] is wonderfully able to communicate the epic elements of the story – which matters because that’s precisely what man’s survival has been’ — The Scotsman

'A fascinating picture' — James Naughtie, Today Programme BBC Radio 4

'The fusion of science and the physical history — like an abandoned croft – allows people to trace their Scots ancestry with precision’ - Sunday Herald

History has always mattered to Scots, and rarely more so than now at the outset of a new century, after more than parliament and the new census of 2011. An almost limitless archive of our history lies hidden inside our bodies story of Scotland around with us. The mushrooming of genetic studies, of DNA analysis, is rewriting our history in In The Scots: A Genetic Journey, Alistair Moffat explores the history that is printed on our genes, and in a remarkable uncovers the detail of where we are from, who we are and, in so doing, vividly paints a DNA map of Scotland.

Alistair Moffat is a former Director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Director of Programmes at Scottish Television. He now runs the successful Borders and Lennoxlove Book Festivals as well as a production company based near Selkirk, and has written numerous books. In 2011 he was elected Rector of St Andrews University and in December launched a joint DNA testing initiative with Jim Wilson.

James F. Wilson studied genetics in Edinburgh and Oxford and now works at the University of Edinburgh. He also specialises in Scottish genetic history.

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