DNA – The Search For Scientific Adam – National Geographic – video

The Search For Scientific Adam

DNA – The Search For Scientific Adam – National Geographic documentary

New DNA studies suggest that all humans descended from a single African ancestor who lived some 60,000 years ago. To uncover the paths that lead from him to every living human, the National Geographic Society launched the Genographic Project, headed by Spencer Wells.

This study will combine population genetics and molecular biology to trace the migration of humans from the time we first left Africa, 50,000 to 60,000 years ago, to the places where we live today.            

Ten research centers around the world have received funding from the Waitt Family Foundation to collect and analyze blood samples from indigenous populations (such as aboriginal groups), many in remote areas. The Genographic Project hopes to collect more than a hundred thousand DNA samples to create the largest gene bank in the world. Members of the public are also being invited to participate.

“Our DNA tells a fascinating story of the human journey: how we are all related and how our ancestors got to where we are today,” Wells said. “This project will show us some of the routes early humans followed to populate the globe and paint a picture of the genetic tapestry that connects us all.”

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  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 02/10/2013 at 11:20 pm

    I’ve watched this before but couldn’t resist watching it again. The scientific proof that all men and women on our planet are descendants of one African man should revolutionize our way of thinking and viewing others who outwardly appear different from us.

  • Gloria Phillips  On 02/12/2013 at 4:12 pm

    Facts are facts and no one’s way of thinking or expression can change them.

  • compton de castro  On 02/13/2013 at 8:46 am


    DARWIN evolutionary theory comes to mind….

    Not survival of the fitest but survival of the most adaptable…

    philosophically yours

  • gigi  On 02/16/2013 at 7:14 pm

    My son did this DNA swab test several years ago. He wanted to trace my mother’s roots; she was an only child and her mother was also an only child – born on a ship bringing Indians from India. Needless to say, there was not much family to leave/narrate our family’s history and roots. Not only were we able to trace her roots, but the company, National Geographic, has a website that allowed us to log in and connect with others around the world who shared the same DNA. Fascinating what science can do…

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