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January 2012
Scientists Gather at National Geographic Headquarters
Photo by Rebecca Drobis.
The Genographic Project scientists gathered at National Geographic headquarters in early November for a week of scientific discussion and global collaboration. In from the field from over 14 different countries in some of the most remote areas of the world, the scientists discussed their recent research and upcoming opportunities to collaborate.
Pierre Zalloua discusses the Genographic Project with a local community representative on an expedition in northern Chad.
Photo by David Evans.
Genographic Scientists on NG Weekend
"There is a lot of commonality among all of us, and it is fairly recent," says Genographic scientist Pierre Zalloua (Principal Investigator, Middle East). Pierre and Lisa Matisoo-Smith (Principal Investigator, Oceania) explain how the Genographic Project enhances our understanding of shared heritage on National Geographic Weekend radio. Tune in.
Laxmi Parida (left) and Jaume Bertranpetit (right) prepare their recombination research before presenting to their colleagues at the Genographic Conference in November.
Photo by Laura Wallach.
Genographic Collaboration

Genographic research finds that modern humans first migrated out of Africa via a coastal route through Arabia, rather than Egypt. Genographic Principal Investigator Jaume Bertranpetit and team member Marta Mele, along with IBM's Laxmi Parida, worked together to develop a new analytical method that traces the relationship between genetic sequences from patterns of recombination. Learn more about the research.
Students in Queens, N.Y. participate in the Genographic Project.
Photo by Lindsay Maiorana.
Fresh, New, and Free Lesson Plans
Working with National Geographic Education, we have revised our lesson plans to make them more user-friendly and classroom-ready. Check out the new and improved resources available now.

Don't forget that we offer an educator discount for teachers interested in using the Genographic Kit in their classrooms. Learn more.
Spencer Wells discusses education opportunities with Andrew Zienchuck from the KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology) School in Saudi Arabia, at the ECIS conference in Lisbon.
Photo by Colby Bishop.
On the Web
The Independent works with a series of high-profile figures to participate in the project and reveal fascinating results.

Genographic team members visit with teachers at the European Council for International Schools in Lisbon, Portugal.

Participant Nancy Murphy blogs about what she learned from just a tiny bit of her DNA.
The Healing Journey Project, a Legacy Fund grant recipient, brought together 64 Alaskan and Canadian First Nations tribes to protect and maintain their cultural values. A traditionally carved canoe was used in the journey.
Photo by Jon Waterhouse.
Did you know?
The Genographic Project is a non-profit initiative. A portion of the net proceeds from Genographic Kit sales help support the Legacy Fund and field research.
The Genographic Project has published 25 scientific papers, and other manuscripts are in advanced stages of preparation.
It takes your cells eight hours to completely replicate your genome during cell division. Learn other facts about your genome.
Courtesy of NG Maps.
Frequently Asked Question
Q: I have received my results and would like to learn more about my recent ancestry. Do you have any tips for me?

A: You can explore more recent ancestry once you have received your results. Go to the bottom of your Genographic Project Results page and click on the Learn More link, and you will find directions on how to transfer your results at no extra cost to Family Tree DNA's database, which you can query for genealogical matches. Family Tree DNA (a Genographic Project partner) will ask for your GPID and personal information, which will waive your anonymity.

Frequently Asked Questions.
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