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National Geographic Unveils Phase 2 of Genographic Project
I received this press release yesterday, and this really sounds intriguing to me.
National Geographic Unveils New Phase of Genographic Project:
Combines Powerful New Technology, Citizen Science
More than a Half-Million Participants Traced Deep Ancestry in First Phase
National Geographic Society today announced the next phase of its
Genographic Project — the multiyear global research initiative that uses
to map the history of human migration. Building on seven years of
global data collection, Genographic continues to shine new light on
humanity’s collective past, yielding tantalizing clues about humankind’s
journey across the planet.
first phase drew participation from more than a half-million
participants from over 130 countries. It is evidence of enormous
interest in deep ancestry
among the global public — tracing the paths their ancestors took as
they migrated around the world over the past 60,000 years,” said Project
Director Dr. Spencer Wells, a population geneticist and National
Geographic Explorer-in-Residence. “Now, the Genographic
Project’s second phase creates an even greater citizen science
opportunity — and the more people who participate, the more our
scientific knowledge will grow.”
Genographic Project enters this groundbreaking new stage of research by
harnessing powerful genetic technology to further explore and document
pathways of human migration. Based in part on a unique database
compiled during the project’s first phase, the next generation of the
Genographic Project Participation Kit — Geno 2.0 — examines a unique
collection of nearly 150,000 DNA identifiers that offers
rich, ancestry-relevant information from across the entire human
genome. In addition to learning their detailed migratory history,
participants will learn how their DNA is affiliated with various regions
in the world, and even if they have traces of Neanderthal
or Denisovan ancestry — from our ancient hominid “cousins” who lived in
Europe and parts of Asia tens of thousands of years ago before going
will receive their results through a newly designed, multi-platform Web
experience. In addition to full visualizations of their migratory path
and regional affiliations, participants can share information on their
genealogy to inform scientists about recent migratory events. These
stories also can be shared with the broader Genographic Project
community; as the number of contributions grows, the
experience will become richer, as participants learn more about
themselves and their shared ancestry. Results also can be shared as an
infographic for social platforms.
project results have led to the publication of 35 scientific papers,
reporting results such as the origin of Caucasian languages, the early
of migrations out of Africa, the footprint of the Phoenicians in the
Mediterranean, the genetic impact of the Crusades and the genetic
origins of the Romanian royal dynasty that included Vlad the Impaler.
The project’s DNA results and analysis are stored in
a database that is the largest collection of human anthropological
genetic information ever assembled.
Genographic Project truly represents another facet of a new age of
exploration. The newest Genographic technology will push the limits of
inspiring us to learn more about ourselves and leveraging the insights
gleaned so far to take citizen science and genetic testing to a whole
new level,” said Terry Garcia, executive vice president of Mission
Programs at National Geographic.
Applications from Scientists Welcome
New to the second phase of Genographic, the project will invite
applications for grants from researchers around the world for projects
the history of the human species, which use innovative anthropological
genetic tools such as the custom-designed “GenoChip,”a technology developed by scientists using Illumina’s Infinium
iSelect HD BeadChips specifically for the study of human migrationpatterns.Sample research topics could include the origin and
spread of the Indo-European languages, genetic insights into regions of
high linguistic diversity such as Papua New Guinea, the number and
routes of migrations out of Africa, the origin
of the Inca or the genetic impact of the spread of maize agriculture in
Genographic’s first phase, Wells and project scientists traveled the
globe to collaborate with tens of thousands of indigenous people, whose
are particularly significant in determining human migratory routes.
Wells and Pierre Zalloua, principal investigator in the Middle East, for
example, collaborated with the Toubou people of northern Chad, whose
DNA has revealed insights into ancient migrations
across the Sahara. Genographic’s principal investigator in the Oceana
region, Lisa Matisoo-Smith, worked intensively with people on the remote
south Pacific island of Emirau, collecting DNA samples and sharing the
results with them.
Genographic Project team worked with individuals, institutions and
organizations all over the world to find and tell their genetic stories,
prime minister of Kazakhstan, who invited Wells and his colleagues to
collect DNA samples in his country after becoming fascinated with his
family story as revealed by his Genographic kit results; the people of
Barbados, who requested a study on the pattern
of diversity in the country using the public participation kits; and
members of the public in South Africa, who learned that they carry links
to the region’s earliest inhabitants, the San people, in addition to
genetic lineages from elsewhere in Africa, India
project also tested 200 random people on a single day on a block of
Queens, New York, to demonstrate the area’s diversity. In a
collaboration with cellist
Yo-Yo Ma’s multidisciplinary education foundation The Silk Road
Project, more than 400 students at four New York City public schools
swabbed their cheeks and traced their ancient ancestry.
portion of the proceeds from the sale of Genographic Participation Kits
funds project research and the Genographic Legacy Fund, which awards
grants to support
community-led cultural conservation and revitalization initiatives
among indigenous and traditional communities around the world. So far,
the Genographic Project has provided 62 Legacy Fund grants worth $1.7
million. Efforts supported by the grants include
the creation of teaching materials on the ancient wisdom of the Chuj in
a Maya community in Guatemala and the revitalization of indigenous
languages in Nepal, India, Taiwan, French Polynesia, Mexico and Bolivia.
‘GenoThreads’ Connects Students, Teachers
new education program called GenoThreads enables science, culture and
geography to be naturally woven into a shared educational experience.
students and teachers around the world who are using Genographic
participation kits; this allows a cross-cultural exchange between
students via email and videoconference for a truly global experience. In
the first GenoThreads project, high school students
in Switzerland are sharing their results with those halfway across the
world in Singapore.
Members of the public are encouraged to visit the Genographic Project’s newly created website at
National Geographic photography, the website gives Genographic
participants the opportunity to learn more about their own ancestry and
find ancestral connections. The Genographic Project
remains nonmedical and nonprofit, and all analysis results are placed
in the public domain following scientific publication. The Genographic
Project serves as an unprecedented resource for geneticists, historians,
anthropologists and citizen scientists.