For Scientists

Since 2005, the Genographic Project worked with a global network of scientists. Today, through on-going research grants and shared access to the data, the Genographic Project continues to support a broad and global effort to study the genetic origins and diversity of humanity.

The Genographic Project, launched in 2005, uses cutting-edge genetic technology to decipher an age-old question: Where do we come from? Over the past several years, a team of international researchers has collaborated with more than 75,000 indigenous and traditional participants in the project. Coupled with our more than 640,000 public participants, these samples and results are yielding unprecedented insight into our shared migratory history.

Picture of Spencer Wells and a colleague walking through a market with a local leader in Chad

The Genographic Project has a valuable collection of genetic and geographic data that can be accessed by researchers through an application process. We encourage qualified researchers to contact our Science Manager, Dr. Miguel Vilar ( for information on the Genographic database.

Genetic technology is progressing at an extraordinary pace. By harnessing the information and knowledge gleaned from data analysis in the first two phases of the Project, Genographic is now entering its next phase: Geno 2.0 Next Generation. In this new pahse, an advanced custom-designed genotyping chip, the Next Generation GenoChip, allows us to delve deeper to discover new genetic patterns and migratory paths. Scientists are encouraged to use the chip for their own research. Contact Dr. Miguel Vilar for details.

Through an interactive feature of the Geno 2.0 Next Generation participation experience, participants have the option to join in the search for new information about their own ancestry, read stories of migration from other participants, and add their own personal story to our collective understanding human history, all on our website. Working together, our global scientific team, the broader community of genetic genealogists and our own Genographic participants are charting a new direction in citizen science collaboration.

Picture of equipment for DNA analysis in the laboratories of Family Tree DNA in Houston, Texas

When participants in the project choose to make their results available for scientific research, those annonymous results become part of the database that can be accessed by approved researchers. Access to the DNA Analysis Repository (DAR) is available for scientists and genealogists through an online application. Contact Genographic Science Manager, Dr. Miguel Vilar ( for details.

Photographs by: David Evans (Spencer Wells and colleagues), Family Tree DNA (genetic testing equipment)