The human genome has become a valuable little bit of information as two projects attempt to understand the historic patterns of our ancestors. Katie got a DNA kit from her vendor, National Geographic, for The Genographic Project. They hope to collect DNA from people around the world and trace the ancestral journey of individuals’ DNA over 60,000 years.
Harvard University is also conducting a genome study of the general population to better understand the environmental and genetic impacts of illness.
Sounds cool? Except that in order to get a DNA kit to send in your results to add to their database, you have to fork over $99 for the National Geographics project and around $68,000 to participate in the Archon X prize project.