It is not often that the public has a chance to participate in a worldwide scientific effort. But through the Genographic Project, you can, in essence, become an associate explorer on the team.
By purchasing a public participation kit through the Genographic Web site, you are able to provide your own genetic sample, securely and anonymously.
Once you provide a DNA sample to the Genographic Project, it is analyzed to reveal the haplogroup to which you belong. Your haplogroup is the collective history of humans sharing the same DNA markers.
Your results are posted only for you to see using a secure access code. If you lose this code, you will be unable to access your results, which contain a detailed explanation of your haplogroup. You can also find the timeline and journey of your ancestors on the map.
As the project evolves and more data accumulates, more information may be revealed about your origins, making it an ongoing discovery.
The sample will be analyzed for genetic markers found in either mitochondrial DNA or on the Y chromosome, depending on your gender. The analysis of your confidential sample cannot reveal personal information about you or your family, and the markers tested are strictly migratory and non-medical in nature.
Once your sample is processed, access your results in complete anonymity by entering your Genographic Project Identification Number onto a secure Web page.
View your own ancestral pattern online. As the project amasses more data from others in your haplogroup, your profile could become more detailed.
Proceeds from the sale of the Genographic Participation Kits will help fund future field research and a Legacy Fund that will support education and cultural preservation projects among participating and other indigenous groups.