Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013

Greenville High Academy Students Trace Roots through DNA Sample

Principal JF Lucas gets DNA sample for National Geographic Genographic Project.
Principal JF Lucas gets DNA sample for National Geographic Genographic Project.
News 4 Reporter Nigel Robertson swabs his cheek for DNA as part of the National Geographic Genographic Project.
News 4 Reporter Nigel Robertson swabs his cheek for DNA as part of the National Geographic Genographic Project.

Students at Greenville High Academy recently participated in the National Geographic Genographic Project as part of their Human Geography class.  By taking a simple cheek swab sample of DNA, participants are learning more about their family history while giving them the opportunity to be part of a worldwide project. WYFF-TV Reporter Nigel Robertson took part in the project alongside the Greenville High Academy students. 

Their samples have been sent to National Geographic for evaluation, and students are expecting their results in about six weeks. During that time, students will be using the information in all of their major curricula – science and biology, global studies, human geography, and writing essays in English classes.

The Genographic Project is a multiyear research initiative led by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Spencer Wells. Dr. Wells and a team of renowned international scientists are using cutting-edge genetic and computational technologies to analyze historical patterns in DNA from participants around the world to better understand our human genetic roots. Included in the results will be the migration paths used by ancient ancestors hundreds and even thousands of years ago. Participants will also learn what percentage of their genome is affiliated with specific regions of the world, and find out if they have Neanderthal or Denisovan ancestry.


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