The Genographic Project

Have you ever wondered where you come from? Ever been accused of resembling some of the less savoury types in the animal kingdom? Well you can now find out, the University of Adelaide and the Royal Institute of Australia are hosting a public campaign in Adelaide that allows residents to explore their ancient ancestry as part of the global Genographic Project.

The Genographic Project is a worldwide survery of human genetic diversity and history. A partnership of National Geographic and IBM with field support from the Waitt Family Foundation, the Genographic project is a landmark global study of humankind’s collective ancient migratory journey out of Africa 60,000 years ago via information carried in our DNA. The project commenced in 2005 and to date over 360,000 people around the world have taken part to create a vast database of our human history. Professor Alan Cooper, the Director of the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) is a Principle Investigator with the Genographic Project and part of the scientific team collaborating with indigenous and traditional groups from around the world to analyse and interpret DNA samples.

On October 15 you will have the chance to participate in this global study. Sponsored by IBM the Adelaide campaign will offer free cheek swab kits and genetic analysis to the first 100 people. Starting at 7:00 am The 100 free tests will be on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to one male or female member from each family. Further Genographic testing kits will be on sale for $145, and individuals can also become involved in by purchasing a kit online.

Participants will be able to access their personal results online and will be invited back to further explore their results at a special public lecture at the Royal Institution of Australia at the Science Exchange, Exchange Place, Adelaide on Tuesday 7 December.

Come along on October 15 from 7:00 am for a chance to participate in this global project and find out where you’re from.

For more information about this event, vist The Environment Institute website.

For more information about the Genographic Project visit the National Geographic website.

For more information about the Royal Institute of Australia visit the website.

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