Genographic Project


The Genographic Project seeks to chart new knowledge about the migratory history of the human species and answer age-old questions surrounding the genetic diversity of humanity. The project is a not-for-profit, five-year, global research partnership of National Geographic and IBM launched in 2005, which uses genetics as a tool to address anthropological questions on a global scale. At the core of the project is a consortium of 11 global regional scientific teams who, following regional institutional review scientific protocols are responsible for sample collection and DNA analysis in their respective regions.

Press Releases:

National Geographic And IBM Launch Landmark Project To Map How Humankind Populated Planet

WASHINGTON–Wednesday, April 13, 2005. The National Geographic Society and IBM today launched a groundbreaking research initiative that will trace the migratory history of the human species. The Genographic Project, a five-year research partnership, will use sophisticated laboratory and computer analysis of DNA contributed by hundreds of thousands of people, including indigenous peoples and members of […]

The Genographic Project: Indigenous Representatives Each Have A Story To Tell

National Geographic and IBM launched a groundbreaking research initiative that will trace the migratory history of the human species. The Genographic Project has three core components: field research, public participation and awareness, and the Genographic legacy project that will fund future field research and support education and cultural preservation projects among participating indigenous groups. Ten […]

Four Cutting-Edge Projects Receive First National Geographic Society/Waitt Grants

WASHINGTON (Feb 11, 2008)—Four innovative research projects have been selected to receive the inaugural National Geographic Society/Waitt Grants, established to support exploratory field work that may lead to breakthroughs in the natural and social sciences. The NGS/Waitt Grants Program, a collaboration between the National Geographic Society and the Waitt Institute for Discovery, is made possible […]

The Alphabet, Tyrian Purple...and Genes: Genographic Scientists Uncover New Piece of Phoenician Legacy

WASHINGTON (Oct. 30, 2008)–The Phoenicians gave the world the alphabet and a love of the color purple, and a research study published today by Genographic scientists in the American Journal of Human Genetics (AJHG-D-08-00725R2) shows that they left some people their genes as well. The study finds that as many as one in 17 men […]

Basque Roots Revealed Through DNA Analysis

WASHINGTON (March 6, 2012)— The Genographic Project announced today the most comprehensive analysis to date of Basque genetic patterns, showing that Basque genetic uniqueness predates the arrival of agriculture in the Iberian Peninsula some 7,000 years ago. Through detailed DNA analysis of samples from the French and Spanish Basque regions, the Genographic team found that […]

Afghans Share Unique Genetic Heritage, DNA Analysis Shows

WASHINGTON (March 28, 2012)—A study by The Genographic Project has found that the majority of all known ethnic Afghans share a unique genetic heritage derived from a common ancestral population that most likely emerged during the Neolithic revolution and the formation of early farming communities. Through detailed DNA analysis of samples from 27 provinces, the […]