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Volume 5, Issue 3
Professor Colin Betts (far left) discusses the Genographic Project with students Alison Sancken and Emily Voss (far right). Photo by Chelle Meyer

From the Classroom
Students at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa are learning the method and theory of genetic research while also gaining an understanding of their own genetic history through the Genographic Project. Colin Betts, an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Luther College, has incorporated the Genographic Project into his curriculum since the fall of 2006. Starting out integrating Genographic's Public Participation Kits into his physical anthropology course, Betts then developed a separate course concentrating on human origins and diversity, using the Genographic Project as the central component. We look forward to Colin's kit orders every year and hearing updates on his class. Read Colin's entry on our blog about his course and how the Genographic Project has impacted his students.
Interested in learning more about the Educator Participation Kit discount and downloading free Genographic lesson plans? Visit our Education website.
Genographic postdocs gathered for training and collaboration at Arizona Research Labs. Photo by Colby Bishop
Interviews With Genographic Postdocs
Postdoctoral students contribute significantly to Genographic Project research. They work alongside Genographic principal investigators to facilitate lab research and collect and analyze samples.

We asked Andrew Clarke, postdoc at the Oceania Center at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand and Arun Kumar, postdoc at the India research center at Madurai Kamaraj University a few questions about their work on the project and the path they took to become a postdoc. Visit Genographica to read the full interviews.

See more interviews with Genographic principal investigators.
Eight-year-old Katie and some of her buttons from family members representing individuals/markers found within our DNA. September 2010
Featured Migration Story
"Katie's Buttons:" A Grandparent's story of their 8-year-old granddaughter's button collection, and how each button represents a family member and markers found within their DNA. Read the full story.

We want to hear about your personal migration story too. Tell us about what you learned about your deep ancestry from the Genographic Public Participation Kit. Has it changed the way you view yourself or others? Submit your story.
Did You Know?
Genetic studies of ocean microorganisms have doubled the number of proteins known to science, and have identified at least 400 previously unknown species. Learn about National Geographic's ocean initiative at
You can explore more recent ancestry once you have received your results. Simply go to the bottom of your Genographic Project Results page and click on the link Learn More 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 will ask for your GPID and personal information, relinquishing your anonymity.
The Genographic Kit is available in English, Spanish, French, and German. Visit our website for details on how to order your international language kit.
Melbourne residents queued up around the block at Melbourne University to participate in a previous Genographic public event. Photo by Craig Newell
Genographic Public Swabbing Event Held in Adelaide, Australia
The University of Adelaide hosted a Genographic swabbing event at the Adelaide Central Market. One hundred free Genographic Kits were distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to the public. Volunteers from the University of Adelaide, IBM, and the Royal Institution of Australia explained the project and guided participants through the process. Some local Adelaide celebrities who also participated include members of Adelaide's United Football Club and celebrity chef Poh Ling Yeow. The results will be combined to provide insight into each individual's deep ancestry and a snapshot of Adelaide's migratory history.

Check Genographica for updates on the event.
DNA molecule. Photo courtesy of IBM
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Where can I learn about haplogroups other than my own?

A: Visit the Atlas of Human Journey on the Genographic website to learn about other genetic markers in addition to your own. Each genetic marker is accompanied by a map to demonstrate the geographic movement of each marker. View the bigger picture of what other markers may have been in contact with your haplogroup thousands of years ago.

See more Frequently Asked Questions.
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