The Genographic Project

During the course of my reading about evolution, I came across the National Geographic Genographic Kit. The kit enables you to take DNA swabs and send them to the Genographic Project for analysis. The blurb says:

By participating, you will:
• Discover the migration paths your ancient ancestors followed hundreds—even thousands—of years ago, with an unprecedented view of your ancestral journey.
• Learn what percentage of your genome is affiliated with specific regions of the world.
• Find out if you have Neanderthal or Denisovan ancestry.
• Have the opportunity to share your story and connect with other Genographic Project participants, helping us fill in the gaps in the human story.

This seemed like a fun and interesting thing to do, so I bought my kit through the UK store for £139.95. At the time of writing the URL for the UK shop is being dedirected to the .com address for the store, which is showing the kit on offer for $159.95. (Note: there are two versions of the kit depending where you want it sent.)

A Look At The Kit

Take a look through the slide show for some extra notes.

How Long Does It Take?

I purchased my kit on 09 October 2014, and received an email notification of completed processing on 06 January 2015 (can’t remember when I sent the samples back). Project admin advised me some time in December that my second sample needed to be analysed as the first hadn’t yielded reliable results. Normally, they say, it takes 6-8 weeks.

I’ll tell you about my results in a subsequent post.

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