On April 13, 2005, the National Geographic Society launched the Genographic Project. Founded by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Spencer Wells, the Genographic Project is a nonprofit research project aimed at answering questions about human population and migration. Where did we come from? Who did we come from? How did we get where we are? Who are we?Anyone in the world can participate in the Genographic Project—one of its major components is gathering DNA samples from indigenous and traditional peoples as well as the general public. Using the DNA from a simple cheek swab and a complex computer analysis, the Genographic Project is able to create the world’s largest migration map, showing how humans populated the planet.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry anthropology Noun
science of the origin, development, and culture of human beings.
Encyclopedic Entry: anthropology component Noun
a collection of information for analysis and interpretation.
(deoxyribonucleic acid) molecule in every living organism that contains specific genetic information on that organism.
pre-eminent explorers and scientists collaborating with the National Geographic Society to make groundbreaking discoveries that generate critical scientific information, conservation-related initiatives and compelling stories.
having to do with genes, inherited characteristics or heredity.
Genographic Project Noun
National Geographic project that uses genealogy to trace the migratory history of the human species.
characteristic to or of a specific place.
Encyclopedic Entry: indigenous migration Noun
movement of a group of people or animals from one place to another.
National Geographic Society Noun
(1888) organization whose mission is "Inspiring people to care about the planet."
nonprofit organization Noun
business that uses surplus funds to pursue its goals, not to make money.
people of a community.
scientific observations and investigation into a subject, usually following the scientific method: observation, hypothesis, prediction, experimentation, analysis, and conclusion.