National Geographic hosts The Genographic Project, Geno 2.0 Next Generation Ancestry DNA kit.
The original Genographic Project was an anonymous, non-medical, and nonprofit project which analyzed DNA samples from volunteer participants in an attempt to better understand our common genetic roots.
The project was launched in 2005 and in 2016, partnered with Helix.
Now, in partnership with Helix, the Geno 2.0 Next Generation Ancestry DNA kit allows participants more control of their genetic results. Participants can join the original Genographic project AND receive personal information about their own genetic markers, including for all, their deep (hundreds or thousands of years old) direct maternal ancestry, for men, their direct deep paternal ancestry, and for all participants, more recent regional ancestry as told by genetic markers across the entire genome (autosomal DNA). The Geno 2.0 test examines about 300,000 DNA markers on the genome.
“Your results give you an unprecedented view of your lineage. You will discover the migration paths your ancient ancestors followed hundreds and even thousands of years ago.
“You will also learn the details of your unique ancestral makeup—the biological and geographical components that make up who you are. What are the ingredients, and how much of a mixture is your own DNA recipe?
“Included in the 300,000 markers we test for is a subset that scientists have recently determined to be from our hominin cousins, the Neanderthals, who split from our lineage around 500,000 years ago.
“As modern humans were first migrating out of Africa more than 60,000 years ago, Neanderthals were still alive and well in Europe and Asia. It seems that our ancestors met, leaving a small genetic trace of these ancient relatives in our DNA. With Geno 2.0 Next Generation, you will learn if you have any Neanderthal DNA in your genome.”
The Geno 2.0 Ancestry Test Kit regularly sells for $199.95. Price varies based on sales offers.