Sunday, June 22, 2008

Journey of Man

The Bradshaw Foundation , in association with Stephen Oppenheimer , presents a virtual global journey of modern man over the last 160000 years.

The Genographic Project: Tracing Human Roots to a Single Origin

The Waitt Institute for Discovery is the key partner for the field research for an ambitious global project whose goals are twofold: to capture a snapshot of human history locked within our DNA before it disappears forever, and to highlight the untold stories and uncertain future of indigenous peoples worldwide.

The National Geographic documentary Journey of Man, which tracks human origins and migrations using DNA samples from around the world, has sparked a partnership with IBM to conduct the most significant research project in National Geographic's history, the Genographic Project.

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 general public, to map how the Earth was populated. Led by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Spencer Wells, Ph.D., a team of international scientists and IBM researchers will collect genetic samples, analyze results and report on the genetic roots of modern humans.

With funding from the Waitt Family Foundation and support from the Waitt Institute for Discovery, the scientists will establish 10 centers around the world and will study more than 100,000 DNA samples from indigenous populations. The project is expected to reveal rich details about global human migratory history and to drive new understanding about the connections and differences that make up the human species.

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