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Thursday, April 14, 2005

Genographic Project Skips Indonesia?

We're all becoming more like Tiger Woods (well, at least that's what the lovely Popiah lady at Shaw Tower, Singapore said about the guy that looks like me)

Indonesia is a vast stretch of archipelago between Asia continent and Australia, but why does Spencer Wells plan to skip Indonesia when taking samples for his Genographic Project?

I thought you might like to read this:

By collecting blood samples from thousands of men living in isolated tribes around the world and analyzing their DNA, 34-year-old geneticist Spencer Wells and his colleagues discovered that all humans alive today can be traced back to a small tribe of hunter-gatherers who lived in Africa 60,000 years ago.

Blood samples will be collected from indigenous people by researchers based at 10 sites around the world: Shanghai, China; Moscow; Tamil Nadu, India; Beirut, Lebanon; Philadelphia; Johannesburg, South Africa; Paris; Melbourne, Australia; Minas Gerais, Brazil; Cambridge, England.


At 17/4/05 23:01, Anonymous said...

We're certainly not skipping Indonesia - quite the contrary, it is one of the most important areas to sample during the Genographic Project. Our East/Southeast Asia Center in Shanghai, headed by Li Jin of Fudan University, will be covering this region.

Spencer Wells

At 5/5/05 08:57, Anonymous said...

Precisely. This grand scientific project will definitely not skip Indonesia. Adding to what Spencer has said, since last month we already invited Indonesians living in Indonesia or abroad, to visit the international website: and take a part in Genographic.

Arya A. Sadhana
Deputy Chief Editor
National Geographic Indonesia


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