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  • Kathleen Carrow
    That is very interesting..I read his other book..

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    Washington Post book review

    Blue Blood, Black Genes
    Can analyzing locks of hair reveal old family secrets?

    By Reviewed by Susan Okie
    Sunday, November 25, 2007; Page BW05


    Exploring a Family History Through DNA

    By Edward Ball

    Simon & Schuster. 265 pp. $25

    Several years ago, Edward Ball took possession of an ancient family desk and discovered something in a locked compartment that to him must have seemed almost predestined. He found a collection of carefully labeled and dated locks of hair from nine of his 19th-century relatives, the oldest specimen dating from 1824. Ball was uniquely qualified to explore the implications of such a trove: His 1998 book Slaves in the Family was a National Book Award-winning investigation into his white ancestors' dealings with their African slaves. Now he held in his hands the means to take that exploration a giant step further. Perhaps modern DNA analysis of his ancestors' hair could provide evidence of unsuspected liaisons, redraw the tree of genetic relationships, and deepen Ball's understanding of his family's story and his own identity. ....

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