The Genographic Project

Introducing Geno 2.0

National Geographic’s Genographic Project

Since its launch in 2005, National Geographic’s Genographic Project has worked with indigenous communities and the general public, using advanced DNA analysis to help answer fundamental questions about where humans originated and how we came to populate the Earth. Now, cutting-edge technology is enabling the project to shine a powerful new light on our collective past. By participating in the next phase of this real-time scientific project, you will be able to learn more about yourself than you ever thought possible. You will also help support the Genographic Legacy Fund, which works to conserve and revitalize indigenous cultures around the world.

The Genographic Project is a multiyear research initiative led by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Spencer Wells. Dr. Wells and a team of renowned international scientists are using cutting-edge genetic and computational technologies to analyze historical patterns in DNA from participants around the world to better understand our human genetic roots. The three components of the project are:

  • To gather and analyze research data in collaboration with indigenous and traditional peoples around the world
  • To invite the general public to join this real-time scientific project and to learn about their own deep ancestry by purchasing a Genographic Project Participation Kit, Geno 2.0
  • To use a portion of the proceeds from Geno 2.0 kit sales to further research and the Genographic Legacy Fund, which in turn supports community-led indigenous conservation and revitalization projects

The Genographic Project is anonymous, nonmedical, and nonprofit, and all results are placed in the public domain following scientific peer publication.

Introducing Geno 2.0—A Revolutionary Breakthrough

Building on the science from the first phase of the Genographic Project, National Geographic has developed a cutting-edge new test kit, called Geno 2.0, that enables members of the public to participate in the Genographic Project while learning fascinating insights about their own ancestry. The Geno 2.0 test examines a unique collection of nearly 150,000 DNA identifiers, called “markers,” that have been specifically selected to provide unprecedented ancestry-relevant information.

By participating, you will:

  • Discover the migration paths your ancient ancestors followed 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 help us fill in the gaps in the human story by sharing your story and connect with other Genographic Project participants