Thank you for your interest in the Genographic Project. By purchasing a Genographic Project "Geno 2.0" DNA Test Kit, you are about to take the first step in participating in this groundbreaking project. This policy is meant to explain the terms and conditions applicable to the purchase of the Genographic Project "Geno 2.0" DNA Test Kit, and to participation in the Genographic Project, as well as an explanation of how the personal information provided by you will be used by National Geographic.
Throughout this document, the term National Geographic refers to National Geographic, its affiliates, agents, contractors and its licensees.
How does the Genographic Project work?
If you choose to purchase a Genographic Project "Geno 2.0" DNA Test Kit (a "Kit"), we will ship the Kit to you via U.S. Mail, UPS or other courier service. The Kit will provide detailed instructions on collecting a sample of cells from inside your cheek and returning the sample to us so that we can do the DNA analysis to provide you with your own genetic migratory profile. Please read the instructions provided carefully. The Kit contains a Genographic Project Participant ID code "password" for access to the Genographic Project participant web page.
YOU MUST RETAIN THIS PASSWORD IN ORDER TO ACCESS YOUR GENETIC MIGRATORY PROFILE. To protect your privacy, National Geographic does not associate any personally identifiable information about you with this randomly assigned Participant ID, and if you lose this password we cannot recover it for you or provide you with any other means of accessing the results of your participation unless you choose to complete a profile on our website and register your Genographic Project Participant ID. If you choose to complete a profile and register, your personally identifiable information will be linked to your Participant ID, and your genetic information in our database will no longer be anonymous to National Geographic.
Once you have followed the instructions and collected your sample, you must return the sample to National Geographic.
BY RETURNING YOUR OR YOUR MINOR CHILD'S SAMPLE TO US, YOU ARE CONSENTING TO THE GENETIC ANALYSIS OF THE SAMPLES. CHILDREN UNDER AGE 18 MUST HAVE A PARENT OR GUARDIAN CONSENT TO THE DNA ANALYSIS.
Our analysis of your sample will reveal genetic aspects of your deep ancestry. THE GENETIC TESTS THAT WILL BE PERFORMED DO NOT TELL US ANYTHING ABOUT YOUR HEALTH OR ABOUT ANY HEALTH PROBLEMS YOU (OR YOUR FAMILY) MAY HAVE. You will be able to learn which different geographic regions around the world your ancestors migrated through. You will also learn about your relationship to different human populations around the world, and to extinct hominids such as Neanderthals and Denisovans.
Once National Geographic has conducted the DNA analysis, you will be able to access your personal genetic migratory profile by logging on to the Genographic Project's personal gateway web page and using the Genographic Project Participant ID password provided to you inside your Kit.
What personal information does National Geographic require so that I may participate in the Genographic Project, and how will that information be used?
You must retain this password in order to access your genetic migratory profile. We will not know the password enclosed in the Kit sent to you. Results will never be sent in the mail. You must log on to the Genographic Project website to retrieve your Project.
When you access your results on the website, you will be given the opportunity to participate in a major global effort to collect population genetic data from hundreds of thousands of individuals from around the world. IF YOU AGREE TO PARTICIPATE, THE GENETIC DATA FROM YOUR TEST AND THE ANSWERS YOU PROVIDE TO OUR QUESTIONS INCLUDING SOME PERSONAL INFORMATION SUCH AS YOUR ZIP CODE WILL BE INCLUDED IN OUR DATABASE OF GLOBAL GENETIC INFORMATION AND LINKED TO YOUR PARTICIPANT ID. Participation in the global database is your choice and is not necessary in order to access your individual test results.
Will National Geographic conduct health-related analysis on my DNA sample or provide the sample to my physician?
No. National Geographic will not conduct any health-related tests on the DNA sample provided. The genetic tests that will be performed do not tell us anything about your health or about any health problems you (or your family) may have.
Are children under the age of 18 permitted to participate in the Genographic Project?
Yes, but only with a parent's or guardian's consent. Children under the age of 18 are not permitted to purchase a Genographic Project Public Participation Kit. With the consent of a child's parent or guardian, the child may have his or her DNA sample analyzed to create a genetic migratory profile. ANY PERSON PURCHASING A KIT AND SUPPLYING IT TO A CHILD UNDER THE AGE OF 18 MUST OBTAIN CONSENT FROM THE CHILD'S PARENT OR GUARDIAN CONSENT PRIOR TO PERMITTING THE CHILD TO SEND IN THE SAMPLE FOR DNA ANALYSIS.
Due to the cost of the DNA analysis, once the contents of the Geno 2.0 Kit have been opened we cannot accept returns or administer refunds. These terms and conditions override the standard National Geographic return policy.