National Geographic Reveals Next Phase Of Its Genographic Project
December 5, 2012

National Geographic Reveals Next Phase Of Its Genographic Project

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Lee Rannals for — Your Universe Online

National Geographic unveiled the next phase of its Genographic Project, which aims to use DNA to map the history of human migration.

The goal for the Genographic Project is to shine new light on humanity's past, offering up clues about humankind's journey across the planet over the past 60,000 years.

"Our first phase drew participation from more than 500,000 participants from over 130 countries," Project Director Spencer Wells, a population geneticist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, said in a statement. "The second phase creates an even greater citizen science opportunity – and the more people who participate, the more our scientific knowledge will grow."

National Geographic said the next phase of the project is to use powerful genetic technology to further explore and document the historic pathways of human migration.

The next part will examine a collection of nearly 150,000 DNA identifiers that offers up ancestry-relevant information from across the entire human genome. In addition to learning their migratory history, participants will learn how their DNA is affiliated with various regions in the world.

Participants of the project will receive their results through a multi-platform Web experience, where they can share information on their genealogy.

Project results have led to the publication of 35 scientific papers, reporting results like the origin of Caucasian languages, and the early routes of migrations out of Africa.

DNA results and analysis are stored in a database that is the largest collection of human anthropological genetic information ever assembled.

The project invites grant applications from researchers around the world for projects studying the history of the human species using innovative anthropological genetic tools.

Read the full report on the Genographic Project here.