For five years, IBM and National Geographic have conducted "The Genographic Project" as a landmark study of the human journey.
The aim was to chart new knowledge about the migratory history of the human species by using sophisticated laboratory and computer analysis of DNA contributed by hundreds of thousands of people from around the world.
In this unprecedented and of real-time research effort, the Genographic Project hopes to close the gaps of what science knows today about humankind's ancient migration stories. It also aimed to show that we all belong to one large human family tree.
FamilyTreeDNA.com is the testing partner and their website contains plenty of info on the project.
Below is the first in a 10 part series of videos that document the project:
Find the remaining nine videos on YouTube as well.
While scientifically the project has been a wonderful success, the most important outcome for me is further proof that we all belong to one big human family.
Hopefully, the effect of this and similar projects is progress towards the elimination of all forms of discrimination once and for all.
I’m interested to hear what you think about the video series so please feel free to comment below.