Blow Your Mind: Mitochondrial Eve

"These apples are DOPE."
"These apples are DOPE."
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There's something awe-inspiring about the prospect of a primordial mother figure, a lone women that all human lineages trace back to.

Far from a mere mythological tale, however, scientists actually discovered such a woman - and her ghost resides in the genetics of every human being alive today. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I get to know Mitochondrial Eve.

Plus we'll run through a few examples of primordial mothers and discuss how unifying the notion really is. There's a lot of crossover between this episode and "The Skin We Live In," so be sure to give them both a listen.

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