Bryan Sykes, Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Oxford, is one of the world's leading geneticists. After undertaking medical research into the causes of inherited bone disease, he discovered DNA could survive in ancient bones, and he was the first to report on the recovery of ancient DNA from archaeological bones in the journal, Nature, in 1989.
Since then, Professor Sykes has been called in as the leading international authority to examine several high-profile cases, such as the Ice Man, Cheddar Man, and the many individuals claiming to be members of the Russian royal family. Prof. Sykes and his research team have, over the last decade, compiled the most complete DNA family tree of our species yet available. They are the founders of Oxford Ancestors Ltd., the world's leading provider of DNA-based services for use in personal ancestry research.
Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Oxford since 1997, Bryan Sykes, discussed some of his fascinating DNA research findings, including his study of American genetics. First hour guest, SETI astronomer Seth Shostak spoke about SETI's latest targets which are mostly start in the constellation Cygnus. ... More »Host: George Noory
In this rebroadcast from 5/2/04, author Bryan Sykes discussed Male Extinction with Art Bell. ... More »Host: Art Bell
Professor of Human Genetics, Bryan Sykes (oxfordancestors), discussed his alarming forecast that male extinction is inevitable, due to thethe rapidly decaying â€œYâ€ chromosome. He estimated that this would occur within 5,000 generations or 125,000 to 150,000 years from now, and that male infertility (currently at around 7%) will continue to rise over time. The problem, he explained, stems from the fact that the Y chromosome doesn't exchange DNA like other chromosomes and is thus prone to higher level of mutations. Additionally, Sykes posited a virtual battle of the sexes in which men's Y chromosomes are locked in a "deeply imbedded war" with the mitochondrial DNA of females, each seeking to exclusively reproduce themselves at the expense of the other.He hypothesized that male homosexuality could be a kind of "genetic altruism," that furthers the agenda of the mitochondrial DNA. The Y chromosome's weakening might be arrested by using genetic manipulation to remove certain genes, s ... More »Host: Art Bell