Know Where You Came From - The Genographic Project

National Geographic and IBM joined forces in a global research project to chart the migratory history of us humans. The purpose of the project is to gather DNA from people around the world (like you and me) to study how our ancient ancestors migrated to where we are today. How cool is that!

I bought the Genographic Project Participation Kit years ago for my husband, Scott, for his birthday and was glad to recently learn that their study is ongoing. When Scott received the package, he simply swabbed the inside of his cheek and returned the DNA specimen in the prepaid envelope. After his DNA was studied by a team of renowned international scientists and IBM researchers, he received a world map charting his paternal family’s migration to Canada. In his case, his family originated in the northern part of Africa and migrated to the British Isles before immigrating to Canada.

This Project has shown, with all that have participated thus far, that all humans today descend from a group of African ancestors some 60,000 years ago. But the study continues…

When participating, you not only become part of a great endeavor, but you may also discover something exciting about where you came from. The proceeds from the sale of the Genographic Project Participation Kit go to further field research in the Project and to the non-profit organization Genographic Legacy Fund which supports indigenous conservation and revitalization projects.

Dr Spencer Wells, one of the leading scientists of the project, wrote a well written book, Deep Ancestry: Inside the Genographic Project in 2007. You can buy it from Amazon.

To be part of this continuous landmark study you can purchase a Participation Kit here .

Let us know what you find out!

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