Exploring Our Biological Inheritance: Carl Zimmer On Heredity

Jul 19, 2018

Inside our genomes, we carry information about our recent ancestors as well as ancient human history. This hour, we sit down with science writer Carl Zimmer to talk about his new book, She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity. We ask him what our DNA can—and can’t—tell us about where we’re from and who we are.

Have you looked into your own ancestry?


  • Carl Zimmer - New York Times columnist and author of 13 books about science, most recently She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity


Excerpted from She Has Her Mother's Laugh by Carl Zimmer. Copyright © 2018 by Carl Zimmer. Reprinted with permission of Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC.

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Chion Wolf contributed to this show, which originally aired on June 8, 2018.