Join us at National Geographic in wishing every past, current, and future Genographic Project participant a Happy DNA Day!
Sixty-three years ago today a ground-breaking paper was published that introduced us to the double helix and revealed the structure of DNA, catapulting forward the field of genetics. The scientific world never looked back.
Eleven years ago this month, National Geographic launched the Genographic Project. This project brought the capability of personal genetics to the household and introduced everyone to the terms mitochondria, Y chromosome, and haplogroup. Nearly three-quarters of a million people have since joined the project, learning about their own haplogroup and their personal genetic story, helping us push science even further ahead. That science can now use your help!
A few months ago, we opened the Genographic Project database to researchers and genealogists to help us analyze the thousands of anonymous DNA results. The product of that research is now starting to come in.
So, if you haven’t already, please join the Genographic Project by purchasing a kit (on discount) and learning about your own genetic ancestry. And if haplogroup hacking makes you happy, click here to learn how you can also help us decode the Geno DNA database.
Thank you, and best wishes!