I’d like to point your attention to an amazing project that requires public participation of people from around the world.
The genographic project organized by National Geographic and powered by IBM has a noble objective. They want to collect and analyze DNA from thousands from all parts of the world. This data will help understand where we come from and possibly where we are going. It will explain why are we so different and so much the same at the same time and many other things that are beyond my understanding. It’s a five year project and it has been running successfully for some time. Read more about it here.
The cool part of the project is that you can participate in the project by buying a kit and sending in your own DNA sample and in return they will give you quite specific information about your origins.