The Genographic Project

Migration_pattern_1My father spent several years tracing our family’s history back several hundred years.  Beyond that the paper trail begins to break down.  The most distant information he was able to find dates to the 15th century.  Not bad.  But I can beat it. For $100 National Geographic will put my family on the map of human migration patterns and tell me about my earliest human ancestors.  Its called the The Genographic Project and is being supported by National Geographic, IBM, and the Waitt Family Foundation.  Geneticist/Anthropologist Spencer Wells is the lead investigator of the project. 

Resources:

My Genographic Project results

The Genographic Project Homepage

Spencer Wells, The Journey Of Man: A Genetic Odyssey. Random House, 2004.

Salvatore Salamone ‘Genographic Project’ to Track Human Migration, Bio-IT World, April 13 2005.

Carl Zimmer, Humanity’s Map, The Loom, April 13 2005.

DNA project to trace human steps, BBC April 13 2005.


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