DNA Project Reaches 100,000 Donors
The project was the brainchild of Utah philanthropist James LeVoy Sorenson ten years ago. Working with then-Brigham Young University professor Scott Woodward, it was known as the BYU Molecular Genealogy Project.
“This deep and diverse sample collection provides us with a critical mass of genetic information that will enable us to bring almost any two people in the world together, and show them their relatedness and common ancestors,” said Woodward, who holds a doctorate in genetics from the University of Utah. He serves as executive director of the foundation, a non-profit owned by Sorenson Companies.
The database has samples from people in remote villages in South and Central America inhabited by descendants of the Incan, Mayan, Aztec and Toltec empires; Mennonites in North America; China, Singapore, Micronesia, Nepal, Kyrgystan and the Mongolian steppes; and from every African and European nation.