Celebrate DNA Day with Genographic! Join, Search and Learn

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!

Genographic 2.0 Next Generation
Genographic 2.0 Next Generation

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.

Through a new analytical method, IBM and the Genographic Project find evidence to support a southern route of human migration from Africa via the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait. Courtesy of National Geographic Maps.
Through a new analytical method, IBM and the Genographic Project found evidence to support a southern route of migration out of Africa. Courtesy of National Geographic Maps.

Thank you, and best wishes!



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Meet the Author
Dr. Miguel Vilar is the Science Manager for National Geographic's Genographic Project. Miguel is also a molecular anthropologist and a science writer. His fieldwork has taken him to remote places throughout the South Pacific, East Africa, Mesoamerica, and the Caribbean. In the laboratory he researches the modern genetic diversity of human populations from Melanesia, Micronesia, North and Central America, and the Caribbean. Miguel has published in several anthropology and genetics journals, as well as popular science magazines.