Monday, 26 October 2009

Maternal Ulster Ancestry

The Family Tree labs are running a special on their maternal DNA tests for a limited time. Unlike the Y chromosome test, which can only be taken by males, the maternal, or mitochondrial DNA, tests can be used by males and females. Interested parties can access the Family Tree labs from our main website on this page:

Ulster Heritage mtDNA Project.

Both men and women may take this test. It traces the direct maternal line without influence from other lines. This test is for all three regions of the mitochondrial DNA: HVR1(16001-16569), HVR2(00001-00574), and the coding region (00575-16000). The entire mitochondrial genome is tested and this is the last mtDNA test that a person would need to take. A perfect match indicates a common ancestor in recent times. Results identify the ethnic and geographic origin of the maternal line. The customer receives a certificate and report generally describing the testing process and the meaning of matches. Results are placed in our database. When another person shows identical results, if both parties have signed the Family Tree DNA Release Form then we will inform them of the match.

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