That’s because National Geographic has invited my participation in Geno 2.0, their next-generation Genographic Project. For my participation, I will receive, postage-paid, a Genographic Project Participation Kit which includes painless cheek swabs and instructions for submitting my DNA samples (return postage required). I will also receive a beautiful keepsake box to store my results, after I access them on-line.
Robert Ballard, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence who discovered the Titanic, made a startling discovery through Geno 2: He learned that his genome is about 2% Oceanian, so he is connected genetically to the first seafarers who settled the islands off the coast of southeast Asia around 50,000 years ago.
But back to me:
If I understand, for a mere 200 smackeroos, NG will help me to discover the migration paths my ancestors followed hundreds, even thousands of years ago. They’ll tell me whether I have Neanderthal or Denisovan ancestry, and what percentage of my genome is affiliated with what specific regions of the world. And they’ll let me communicate with other seekers, who can tell me what amazing parts of the world their ancestors trod.
But here’s the thing: I ALREADY KNOW WHO I AM. And in case you were wondering, here is my story, which is more amazing and wonderful than anything National Geographic could possibly discover:
- I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I am a child of the almighty God, created by a great and loving Creator Who knit me together in my mother’s womb. (Psalm 139:13-14)
- And I will live forever. “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.” (John 10:28)
- My Creator is coming back to get me, and I’m going to live in a mansion. (John 14:3)
And I still have $199.95 in my pocket.