Geno 2.0 by National Geographic

The National Geographic sent me an email asking for a sample of my DNA. My first thought was like wow, I get to make history with THE National Geographic?

And it seems to be really that.

As part of the Genographic Project, they’re mapping people from all over the globe to chart out the paths of ancient migration, to delve deeper into the evolution of humankind.

The test kit looks like this, and they’ve promised that it’s utterly painless.

From the tests, I will be able to find out a few things, that’s apparently coded in my DNA (yeah we humans are that awesome), such as:

1. The migration paths my ancient ancestors took to reach where I am today.

2. The percentages of my genome – and how it is related to specific regions of the current world.

3. Whether I have Neanderthals or Denisovans as ancestors (okay this is kinda scary I hope I have Denisovan genes).

If I have shared with you my family history at one point or another you would know that I have no clear understanding of my lineage. My father was adopted (and looks non-Chinese), and so was my maternal grandmother (who also looks non-Chinese). That leaves a lot of questions, since I don’t particularly look Chinese either. This would be a good opportunity for me to find out once and for all.

It costs $199.95 for them to send you the kit (and you can keep the box, frame it up or whatever), and I’m contemplating if I should try.

If you’re interested, you can take part too right here. Good luck with finding a rich distant great granduncle or some blue-blooded third-cousin. I’ll let you know too, if I get crowned as the last princess of the Bahamas or something. And invite you all over for tea. 😛

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2 responses to “Geno 2.0 by National Geographic

  1. Some interesting things can be garnered from genetic testing when it comes to genealogy. There are some projects out there data-mining genomes to determine stuff like “ancestral components” eg. what ancestral populations a person has. For example most Irish (like me) show some “West Asian” ancestry — which is either tied to spread of agriculture or perhaps to spread of Indo-European languages.

    Most non-africans have some sort of either Neanderthal or Denisovian admixture.

    -Paul

  2. Hi Paul,

    Thanks for leaving your thoughts. 🙂

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