What: “The Genographic Project is a five-year research partnership led by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Spencer Wells. Dr. Wells and a team of renowned international scientists and IBM researchers, are using cutting-edge genetic and computational technologies to analyze historical patterns in DNA from participants around the world to better understand our human genetic roots.“
Why: “When humans first ventured out of Africa some 60,000 years ago, they left genetic footprints that are still visible today. By mapping the appearance and frequency of genetic markers in modern peoples, it’s possible to create a picture of where and when ancient humans moved around the world”
How: “Once the DNA has been isolated and sequenced, complex algorithms are run against the data to find patterns of genetic markers and help coalesce the picture of the human family tree. The samples are placed into logical “branches” on the human family tree, called “hapIogroups”‘ by population geneticists.”
See the full How It Works page here.
If you want to understand your genetic history, you can buy a kit and take part here for £70.