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Genographic Public Participation Kit. Photo by Mark Thiessen
This holiday season give family and friends a glimpse into the greatest journey ever taken while giving back at the same time. The Genographic Project Public Participation Kit offers a personal "treasure map" of their ancestors' ancient trek around the world.

Not only will your recipients learn more about their ancient past by tracing either their maternal or paternal ancestry, but they will also be active participants in a real-time scientific project. They will be excited to learn that the kit's net proceeds support the Genographic Legacy Fund, making the Genographic Kit a unique holiday experience and a way to give back to others.

Visit the National Geographic Online Store to order your kit today.
Happy Birthday! 2009 marks the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of his publication The Origin of Species.
The San Bushmen carry some of humanity's most ancient genetic lineages, showing us the deepest split in the human family tree.
The Genographic Project Director will be addressing a small audience at the National Geographic London Store on Sunday, December 13 at 3:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited – first in line will be seated first. Click here for more information.
The San Diego Museum of Man and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History are both hosting the Genographic Project exhibition. For ticket information please visit their websites.
The Genographic Project display at the NG London Store.
Photo by Tim Kavanagh
Q: If I have already tested with the Genographic Project, should I still give my family members a Genographic Public Participation Kit?

A: Each Public Participation Kit tests either the maternal or paternal side of your DNA, following the bloodline down through the generations. If you have tested one side, you or a blood relative can still test the other side. Males possess both a Y chromosome (paternal) and mitochondrial (maternal) DNA, so they may choose to test either side with the Genographic Public Participation Kit (one test per kit). As females do not possess a Y chromosome, they can test only their maternal DNA but can discover more about their paternal lineage by asking a male blood relative to test instead. Learn more about Y chromosome and mitochondrial DNA on our website.

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Watch Genographic participant Dave Reed share his migration story on CNN's Nightly News with Campbell Brown, and learn about CNN's Deborah Feyerick's Genographic journey.

See the Genographic Project featured in Abu Dhabi's newspaper the National: "Mapping the path out of Africa, our genes and ourselves."

Read La Repubblica's account of Spencer Wells' visit to the Italian Anthropological Association's anniversary meeting and to celebrate Italy's airing of National Geographic Channel's The Human Family Tree.

Listen to Spencer Wells discuss "Darwin's evolutionary forces" with Kurt Anderson on NPR's Studio 360.

Watch ABC's The 7:30 Report as they cover the events celebrating Charles Darwin and Melbourne's diversity with the Genographic Project.
North Africa/Middle East Research Center
The North African/Middle Eastern team led by Genographic principal investigator Pierre Zalloua is currently tackling several projects:
Studying the lineage of the Armenian population in Lebanon
Tracing old lineages found in the Levant region (A and B haplogroups) in comparison with old lineages strictly found in Africa
The J1/J2 sister clades split: an indication of possibly two routes for out-of-Africa migration
Pierre Zalloua on a field expedition in Chad. Photo by David Evans
India Research Center
The Genographic team based at the University of Madurai in Madurai, India under principal investigator Ramasamy Pitchappan is currently sampling in the Amritsar region, between the River Beas and Sutluj, Jalandhar, and Patiala.
The Genographic Project exhibition at San Diego Museum of Man.
Photo by Lindsey Larson
The first full-scale Genographic Project exhibition in the U.S. opened recently at the San Diego Museum of Man. Participants can actually "walk" their ancestors' journey out of Africa with a giant version of our migrations map attached to the floor. Students (and students at heart) may find the vivid National Geographic photography particularly helpful in understanding how DNA is used to explain our interconnectedness as a species.

In celebration of the exhibition opening, project director Spencer Wells presented a special lecture at the nearby San Diego Natural History Museum in early November, which drew a full-capacity audience. Members of the Genographic team also toured the exhibition and museum collections, which are housed in an elaborate Spanish mission–style building designed as the entry to the 1915 Panama-California Exposition.

Check out the Museum of Man website to learn more about visiting this presentation of Genographic.

Visit our blog Genographica to see photos of the installation of the exhibition.
Australia's Melbourne residents, who collectively make up one of the most diverse populations in the world, explored their deep migratory history when Melbourne University hosted The Journey of Your Genes...The Genographic Project Traces Your Family Roots, a special public event in celebration of the anniversaries of Charles Darwin.

As part of the festivities, 100 members of the public swabbed their cheeks on an October morning in an attempt to create a "snapshot" of Melbourne's diversity. The participants were invited back when Spencer Wells headed to Australia to explain the results on Sunday, December 6.

Melbourne residents queued up at Melbourne University.
Photograph by Craig Newell
According to Spencer, the results reveal a snapshot of Melbourne's diversity consistent with this city's original European heritage. “The majority of the results yielded European haplogroups; however, there were some more unusual results including haplogroups ‘N' and ‘Q', which are typical of native Siberians, as well as native North and South Americans; and O3, which indicates East Asian ancestry,” said Spencer. Learn more about the swab event at Melbourne University in October on our blog.

See the Australian newspaper The Age's piece on the festival: "It's Time for Us to Embrace Our Inner African."
Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) has a membership of approximately 1,600 members who attend quarterly meetings throughout the year. Alice, a participant from southern California and the DNA interest group chair for SCGS, shared the groups' story. In her words:
Members of SCGS follow the paths of their ancient ancestors to North and South America.
Photo by Alan Cook

This past October, after viewing The Human Family Tree, members of our group expressed interest in re-creating the mapping exercise that Dr. Spencer Wells performed in Astoria Park with SCGS's Genographic DNA results. Most of our group had already tested with the Genographic Project, and most transferred their results either to or from Family Tree DNA, a partner with the Genographic Project. The demonstration made the Genographic experience more relevant for all of us. We started off with the entire group in America and slowly worked our way backward on the same migration paths that our ancestors took around the world thousands of years ago to watch our group's genetic history unfold. You can view the various Genographic results of our group by visiting familytreedna.com. See the haplogroups by clicking on the links “Y results” and "mtDNA results".
Alice, Interest Group Chair
Southern California Genealogical Society

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