What is Ancestry testing?
Our genetic ancestry testing service allows you to trace your heritage back thousands and thousands of years to determine your ancestor’s origin and migration paths. We make use of two types of DNA to establish markers of descent which has been passed down from your ancient predecessors on both your paternal (father) and maternal (mother) side.
The maternal lineage test uses mitochondrial DNA to trace the origin of your ancestors from your mother’s side of the family. Whereas the paternal lineage test uses Y-Chromosome DNA to trace the lineage of your father’s side of the family.
What is required for the test?
Testing is done by means of cheek (buccal) swabs. Buccal swab kits can be
requested from our laboratory or go to one of the clicks clinics we work with. There is
very little to no risk involved in taking a buccal swab.
Limitations of Ancestry Testing
It is important to note that Y-chromosome testing is only available to male individuals, as females do not inherit a Y-chromosome. In instances where female individuals want to learn about their paternal lineage – we suggest they ask a male relative to undergo the testing on their behalf. The mtDNA test is available to people of either sex.
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