Saturday, October 22, 2016

DNA, #Neanderthals, and Humans, Oh, My, the Science!

Do you remember those scientist classes where they talked about the Neanderthals and other Homo Sapiens?

No?
Funny, but I do. I watch a number of special programs where scientists argued as to whether or not humans and Neanderthals existed at the same time. Each side argued for and against the possibility. Then I found research proving Neanderthals and humans did have fun together because Neanderthal genome is in human DNA.




The book “Neanderthal Man – In Search of Lost Genomes” by Svante Paabo is the story of what the scientists had to go through in their search for answers as to whether or not Neanderthal genome was in human DNA. The book is not an easy read, but I couldn’t let that stop me. So I skipped over those long technical words and tried to get to the meat of what the author/scientist was trying to tell me.

It was a fascinating adventure, which spanned the globe. Dr. Paabo is from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. It is a truly amazing story and if you are interested in how scientist discovered Neanderthal DNA in human's genome, I recommend spending time with this book.

Now, after reading about Neanderthals, I had to work them into a book. I loved the idea that we as humans may have inherited some special skill from our Neanderthal ancestors. This is how I created my new series, the Ancient Warrior Prophecy. 

The series is built on the idea that people with Neanderthal DNA have special skills such as psychic abilities and they are using those abilities to save the world. Add in a murder and a hot romance, the first book reveals the story behind the story of the announcement of the Neanderthal’s DNA being in the human genomes.


Title: The Warrior In Me
Series Name: Ancient Warrior Prophecy
Theme(s): Action-Adventure, Murder/Mystery 
SubGenre(s): Paranormal, Suspense, Futuristic/Sci-Fi     



Blurb: Special Security Agent Sebastian Berlin is eager to track down his partner's killer. Instead, he’s assigned the job of baby-sitting a scientist. His boss thinks she's the key to an Ancient Warrior Prophecy. Science never interested Sebastian, but the know-it-all female standing at the end of his Alaskan dock could persuade him to do a little experimenting. That is, if he can keep his Neanderthal Warrior genes from taking control.

DNA specialist Lily Sinclair is in need of a vacation, or so her over-protective ex-husband tells her. Arriving in chilly Alaska instead of sunny Cancun, she's tired and cranky and so not in the mood for her bodyguard's he-man tactics. Still, there's something about the sexy eye-candy that makes her want to lick him all over even as she's demanding to go home.

Then Lily's ex is poisoned, and Sebastian is certain the two murders are connected and she could be next. She knows he's hiding something, but with the worldwide release of Neanderthal DNA project only days away, she has no choice but to trust him to protect her. But can she trust him with her heart?


Hope you enjoy,
Anita

2 comments:

  1. Thanks Cara, it was fun learning so much about the human DNA. Mr. Paabo book was very insightful as to all that goes on in the scientific world.

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