By Mary Branham
Many folks have traced their roots but not many can go back 60,000 years.
That’s something Spencer Wells and the National Geographic Genographic Project are doing. Wells, a population geneticist, discussed the project during the opening plenary session Friday.
Genographic scientists collect DNA samples from people around the globe to paint the picture of human migration. Wells said using the samples, scientists are able to explain the pattern of human diversity.
His project goes much deeper than the average person tracing his or her family tree.