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Abigail TraffordOn Being Born takes off when the author weaves colorful, discredited information of the past with the scientific findings of the present. This slim book is a lyrical romp, from Hippocrates' jug concept of the womb to "Mitochondrial Eve," the hypothetical maternal ancestor of all modern humans, believed to have lived in Africa 150,000 to 200,000 years ago. For the most part, the reader gets a facile lesson in embryology and genetics, wrapped in an entertaining after-dinner lecture.
— The Washington Post