I notice about this project on the screens during my ride on the Heathrow Express. It is a joint project between IBM and National Geographic to trace back our origins.
Here are the description on the website:
"Where do you really come from? And how did you get to where you live today? DNA studies suggest that all humans today descend from a group of African ancestors whoÃ¢â‚¬â€about 60,000 years agoÃ¢â‚¬â€began a remarkable journey.
The Genographic Project is seeking 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 from around the world. In this unprecedented and real-time research effort, the Genographic Project is closing the gaps of what science knows today about humankind's ancient migration stories. "
You can be part of this project and be included in their database by getting a kit.
The Participation Kit includes the following and will include a lab test as well:
* DVD with a Genographic Project overview hosted by Dr. Spencer Wells, visual instructions on how to collect a DNA sample using a cheek scraper, and a bonus feature program the National Geographic Channel/PBS production The Journey of Man.
* Exclusive National Geographic map illustrating human migratory history and created especially for the Genographic Project.
* Buccal swab kit, instructions, and a self-addressed envelope in which to return your cheek swab sample.
* Detailed brochure about the Genographic Project, featuring National Geographic photography.
* Confidential Genographic Project ID # (GPID) to anonymously access your results online like the following:
This is definately in my wish list and maybe finally I can prove that I have royal blood. :)
Click here for the official web page and also to get your hands on the Genographic Project Kit.