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 around the world.
Who are we? And where do we come from? A non-profit research partnership between National Geographic and IBM, the Genographic Project seeks to chart new knowledge about the migratory history of the human species and answer age-old questions surrounding the genetic diversity of humanity. Using cutting-edge genetic and computational technologies, a global consortium of 11 scientific teams is collaborating with people around the world to analyze historical patterns in DNA. The Project is open to members of the public to participate through purchasing a public participation kit from the Genographic Web site: https://genographic.nationalgeographic.com/genographic/participate.html, where they can also choose to donate their genetic results to the expanding database. Sales of the kits help fund research and support a Legacy Fund, which awards grants to indigenous peoples' community-led language revitalization and cultural projects. The Project is anonymous, non-medical, non-political, non-profit and non-commercial and all results will be placed in the public domain following scientific peer publication. With over a quarter of a million people already taking part, the project is gathering and analyzing the world’s largest collection of anthropological DNA samples in the hope it will capture an invaluable genetic snapshot of humanity before modern-day influences erase it forever.
1. The Genographic Project will shed new light on our genetic and migratory history, helping us to better understand who we are and where we came from.
2. The Legacy Fund empowers indigenous and traditional peoples by supporting local efforts in language revitalization and cultural preservation programs.