GENO PROJECT LAUNCHED BY GEOGRAPHIC
Copyright 2005 National Geographic

[ April 15th 2005 ]

New DNA studies suggest that all humans descended from a single African ancestor who lived some 60,000 years ago. To uncover the paths that lead from him to every living human, the National Geographic Society today launched the 'Genographic Project' at its Washington, D.C., headquarters.

The project is a five-year endeavour undertaken as a partnership between IBM and National Geographic. It will combine population genetics and molecular biology to trace the migration of humans from the time we first left Africa, 50,000 to 60,000 years ago, to the places where we live today.

Ten research centers around the world will receive funding from the Waitt Family Foundation to collect and analyze blood samples from indigenous populations (such as aboriginal groups), many in remote areas. The Genographic Project hopes to collect more than a hundred thousand DNA samples to create the largest gene bank in the world.

For more information, visit Genographic Project at National Geographic

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