Our Ancestry Testing is designed to provide individuals with an idea of which region on the planet their ancestor originates from. This normally goes back thousands of years, which is distinctly different from a heritage test (which provides % contributions of different nationalities to the individual). In males, our ancestry tests enable you to gain an understanding of your Paternal (father) ancestry and your Maternal (mother) ancestry. This is because males have both mitochondrial DNA (transmitted only by females) and Y chromosome DNA (transmitted only by males). In females, our ancestry tests only enable you to gain an understanding of your Maternal ancestry. This is because females only have mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA).