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The Genographic Project Turns Ten

    Ten years ago, National Geographic and IBM teamed up with a group of international scientists and indigenous community members at National Geographic Society’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. to kick off the Genographic Project. Our plan: To use advanced DNA analyses to answer fundamental scientific questions, such as where we originated from, and how…

Using Ancient DNA to Uncover the Hidden History of Patagonia

How far will Genographic Project scientists go to help reveal where we came from? Geographically-speaking the answer may be Puerto Williams, the southern tip of Chile.

Hmong Use Tech to Keep Old Traditions Alive

Hmong communities in Vietnam use modern technology to preserve their ancient arts, crafts, and oral history. See photos and learn more about their traditions.

Allan Wilson Centre Meeting

Last week I participated in the annual meeting of the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology & Evolution. Allan Wilson was a Professor of Biochemistry at UC Berkeley who grew up on a small farm just down the road from me in New Zealand. He pioneered the use of molecular approaches to understand evolutionary change…

Genographic Project Research in India Looks to Add Deep Branches to Our Human Family Tree

The path along India’s coast is thought to be the original human migratory route from Africa. Today India is home to many distinct languages and cultures. Genographic research extends to the Jammu and Kashmir state where present day and ancient history combine. Genographic Project grantee Dr. Swarkar Sharma wants to share a story – the…

Is Genetic Genealogy the Next Facebook of Science?

While millions of people spent last weekend dumping buckets of ice water on their heads and documenting it on Facebook to raise money and awareness for ALS, a few us genetics geeks gathered and talked about haplogroups*  A, L and S, among others. *Never heard of a haplogroup? Don’t worry, it’s not because you have…

Genographic Project DNA Results Reveal Details of Puerto Rican History

DNA analysis of living inhabitants of Puerto Rico sheds light on the island’s colonial history.

Weaving Together the Traditions of the Lowa Women in Nepal

In this Genographic Legacy Fund grantee profile, Chhing Lhomi describes her efforts to keep the ancient skills and culture of cloth making alive in her community.

“Geno 2.0” Can Reveal How Neanderthal You Are

The new edition of the Genographic Project analyzes more than 130,000 genetic markers to reveal secrets hidden in your genes, including how much of your DNA comes from Neanderthal ancestors.

Basque Origins Predate Arrival of Farmers in Iberian Peninsula, DNA Analysis Finds

Comprehensive analysis of Basque genetic patterns has found that Basque genetic uniqueness predates the arrival of agriculture in the Iberian Peninsula some 7,000 years ago, the Genographic Project announced today. “Through detailed DNA analysis of samples from the French and Spanish Basque regions, the Genographic team found that Basques share unique genetic patterns that distinguish them from…

International Teachers Go Genographic

This week Genographic Project team members, including Project Director and NG Explorer-in-Residence Spencer Wells, are working with teachers at the European Council for International Schools Conference in Lisbon, Portugal to integrate the project’s educational initiative, GenoThreads into their classrooms. Learn more about the available lesson plans.

Modern Humans Wandered Out of Africa via Arabia

Evolutionary history shows that human populations likely originated in Africa, and the Genographic Project, the most extensive survey of human population genetic data to date, suggests where they went next: Arabia.

Kenny Broad, Wes Skiles Named “Explorers of the Year”

At the first ever NG “Evening of Exploration,” the men were recognized for their extraordinary achievements in exploring and documenting the Blue Holes of the Bahamas in 2010. Learn more about them and the evening’s other award recipients.

Asian Invaders Showed Europeans how to Farm, Graveyard Study Finds

International researchers led by ancient DNA experts from the University of Adelaide, Australia, said today that they had settled the longstanding issue of the origins of the people who introduced farming to Europe some 8,000 years ago. DNA carefully extracted from a complete graveyard of Early Neolithic farmers unearthed at the town of Derenburg in…

Genographic Test Reveals Darwin’s Ancestry

A Genographic cheek swab test on Chris Darwin—great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin, author of On the Origin of Species—has revealed the deep ancestry of the so-called “Father of Evolution.” National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Spencer Wells revealed the test results today in Sydney, Australia, at the annual meeting of scientists leading Genographic Project field investigations around the world.…