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					NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC The National Geographic Society, founded in 1888 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., USA, is among the world’s largest and most innovative nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. National Geographic developed the Genographic Project as an extension of its 118-year-old mission to increase and spread knowledge and information about the world we live in. In the project, National Geographic has built an international coalition of scientific investigators, research institutions and committed individuals to oversee this historic endeavor. Long an advocate of better understanding the diversity among the world’s cultures, National Geographic also has championed exceptional individuals and their ground-breaking scientific journeys of discovery, such as that of geneticist Spencer Wells, Ph.D., who has recently been named an Explorer-in-Residence. The Genographic Project will staff a dedicated team of international scientists, led by project director Wells from National Geographic headquarters, to oversee the collection of DNA data obtained from the global field research, its input into the Genographic database, and its analysis and interpretation for graphic presentation on nationalgeographic.com/genographic, the official project Web site. National Geographic will also act as the distributor of Public Participation Kits, which can be purchased securely on nationalgeographic.com/genographic. National Geographic also has coordinated the selection of an independent international advisory board to monitor all phases of the project over the next five years. Finally, through its vast media outreach, National Geographic will share research findings with the worldwide public and will make all resulting data available to the global scientific community. “The Genographic Project represents one of the most important and ambitious research initiatives in National Geographic’s history,” said John Fahey, president of National Geographic Society. “This revolutionary undertaking directly reflects the essence of Geographic’s mission to educate, illuminate and conserve. Moreover, the results of the Genographic Project will provide invaluable revelations about our ancestral past while highlighting the need to respect the world’s many distinct cultures and to do what we can to preserve them.” National Geographic reaches millions of people around the world through its five magazines, television programs, films, radio, books, videos, maps, interactive media and merchandise. National Geographic magazine, the Society’s official journal, published in 28 languages, is read by 40 million people each month in every country in the world. The National Geographic Channel reaches more than 290 million households in 27 languages in 164 countries. Nationalgeographic.com averages around 50 million page views per month. National Geographic has funded nearly 8,000 scientific research projects and supports an education program combating geography illiteracy. For more information, log on to nationalgeographic.com. ### CONTACT: Lucie McNeil National Geographic/Genographic Project (202) 857-5841

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Description: The National Geographic Society, founded in 1888 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., USA, is among the world’s largest and most innovative nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. National Geographic developed the Genographic Project as an extension of its 118-year-old mission to increase and spread knowledge and information about the world we live in. In the project, National Geographic has built an international coalition of scientific investigators, research institutions and committed individuals to oversee this historic endeavor.