Spencer Wells

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Spencer Wells (born 1969) is an American geneticist, author and co-founder, along with The National Geographic Society, IBM and the Wiatt Family Foundation, of The Genographic Project, which is attempting to collect DNA samples from people all over the world in order to better understand modern man's migrations over the past 50,000 years, which is when Wells believes homo sapiens sapiens first left his homeland of East Africa. The project is expected to last five years. He is also the author of two books, The Journal of Man: A Genetic Odyssey (published 2002) and Deep Ancestry: Inside the Genographic Project (published 2006).