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Jon Stewart Interviews Spencer Wells (Video: The Daily Show)

Spencer Wells describes to Jon Stewart on The Daily Show the rising rates of obesity and mental illness as the unintended consequences of a more sedentary culture.…

Darwin Family DNA Shows African Origin (The New Zealand Herald)

Two hundred years after the birth of Charles Darwin, genetic tests on his own family have reinforced his theory that the human race originated in Africa. As part of an international genetics project, Darwin’s great-great-grandson……

Discovering the Origins of Charles Darwin

It is something that Charles Darwin himself may never have imagined. The man who penned On the Origin of Species, the seminal work that hypothesized that all humans evolved from common ancestors, could now discover his own “human deep …

Identifying Genetic Traces of Historical Expansions: Phoenician Footprints in the Mediterranean (American Journal of Human Genetics)

A new research study conducted by the Genographic Project’s scientific consortium reveals the genetic legacy of the Phoenicians with the development of a new analytical method for detecting the subtle genetic impact of historical population migrations. The study, led by …

The Incredible Journey Taken by Our Genes (The Guardian)

Sixty thousand years ago, a small group of African men and women took to the Red Sea in tiny boats and crossed the Mandab Strait to Asia. Their journey—of less than 20 miles—marked the moment Homo sapiens left their home …

Rare Mitochondrial Variant Discovered (Human Mutation)

The Genographic Project today released an updated version of its public participation mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) database. Included is a previously undiscovered mtDNA sequence with a 154-nucleotide deletion, constituting nearly one percent of the total mtDNA genome. The unprecedented size and …

Dawn of Human Matrilineal Diversity (American Journal of Human Genetics)

Over 600 complete mtDNA genomes from indigenous populations across the continent were analyzed by Genographic scientists and their collaborators, and the data provided surprising insights into the early demographic history of human populations before they moved out of Africa. The …

Y-Chromosomal Diversity in Lebanon Is Structured by Recent Historical Events (American Journal of Human Genetics)

The most comprehensive genetic study yet on the world’s ancient crossroads—Lebanon—reveals the legacies left by travelers to and invaders of Lebanon. The results show that the Crusaders left chromosomes as well as castles. The results were obtained by a global …

Genetic Study Reveals Ancient Legacies in Lebanon

The most comprehensive genetic study yet on the world’s ancient crossroads reveals the legacies left by travelers to—and invaders of—Lebanon, showing that the Crusaders left chromosomes as well as castles. The results were obtained by a global team of Genographic …

Genographic’s Global Participants Help Revitalize Indigenous and Traditional Cultural Projects

Following National Geographic’s long-standing tradition of grant-giving, the Genographic Legacy Fund helps support and sustain local initiatives in traditional and indigenous communities. Communities do not need to participate in the Genographic Project in order to apply.…