A Landmark Study of the Human Journey
Where do you really come from? And how did you get to where you live today? DNA studies
suggest that all humans today descend from a group of African ancestors who—about 60,000
years ago—began a remarkable journey.
The Genographic Project is seeking to chart new knowledge about the migratory history of
the human species by using sophisticated laboratory and computer analysis of DNA contributed
by hundreds of thousands of people from around the world. In this unprecedented and of real-time
research effort, the Genographic Project is closing the gaps of what science knows today
about humankind's ancient migration stories.
The Genographic Project is a multi-year research initiative led by National Geographic
Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Spencer Wells. Dr. Wells and a team of renowned international
scientists and IBM researchers, are using cutting-edge genetic and computational technologies
to analyze historical patterns in DNA from participants around the world to better understand
our human genetic roots. The three components of the project are: to gather field research data
in collaboration with indigenous and traditional peoples around the world; to invite the general
public to join the project by purchasing a Genographic Project Public Participation Kit; and
to use proceeds from Genographic Public Participation Kit sales to further field research and
the Genographic Legacy Fund which in turn supports indigenous conservation and revitalization
projects. The Project is anonymous, non-medical, non-profit and all results will be placed in
the public domain following scientific peer publication.