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The Genographic Project

Main Project Information
Presented By National Geographics
Goal To understand our origins and how we populated Earth
Task Submit your DNA from a cheek swab for analysis. Help science and
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

The Genographic Project is a ten-year old anthropological study that uses DNA voluntarily contributed by hundreds of thousands of people to answer the oldest questions we have about ourselves: Who are we and where did we come from? In doing so, the project has created the world's largest survey of DNA samples to map how humankind populated the planet. Today, this database serve as an invaluable scientific resource for the research community and may ultimately underscore how closely related we are to one another as part of the extended human family. The Genographic Project uses sophisticated computer analysis of DNA voluntarily contributed by people—including indigenous and traditional populations and the general public—to reveal our migratory history and to better understand the connections and differences that make up humankind. Members of the general public can being to take part in the project by purchasing a Genographic Project Public Participation Kit and submitting their own cheek-swab sample.

In 2015 alone we launched four projects across the world (Palau, Aleutian Islands, Chile, and the Dominican Republic), and published six new papers, including populations studies on the Lesser Antilles, the European Roma, and Australian Aboriginal groups. This past year we also launched our new participation kit called Geno 2.0 Next Generation, and we opened up the Genographic Project database to researchers

How to Join

To participate, volunteers must purchase a Genographic Project Public Participation Kit and follow the detailed instructions for DNA collection. The Genographic Project provides step-by-step guidance on how to purchase the kit, conduct a DNA swab, and submit samples at the following website:

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Expenses $149
Required Gear

The Genographic Project Public Participation Kit, which includes the following items:

• Buccal swab kit
• Multimedia DVD
• Exclusive National Geographic Genographic Map
• "Quick Start" card
• Genographic Project Brochure
• Self-addressed envelope
• Confidential Genographic Project ID Number (GPID)

Ideal Age Group Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults
Spend the Time indoors
Class Materials
Tags ancestry, dna, evolution, genetics, health, human, human population
Project Updated 05/23/2018