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Ancestry by DNA


The Ancestry by DNA test determines your bio-geographic origins, giving you your ancestral estimates of the four main population groups: Sub-Saharan African, European, Native American and East Asian.

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The Ancestry by DNA test determines your bio-geographic origins. The test will give you your ancestral estimates of the four main population groups: Sub-Saharan African, European, Native American and East Asian. There has been migration between all the populations over a long period of time but these population groups are peoples that share a common ancestry.

This test is not attempting to define your racial background, the DNA Ancestry test will give you a statistical estimate of your BioGeographical Ancestry (BGA). BGA is a means of reporting the proportional ancestry of a person that is independent of the various socially determined “races.” While race is additionally defined by cultural, political and social conventions (there is no genetic definition of “race”), biogeographical ancestry describes groups of people that share similar DNA markers because of a shared heritage, which may span a number of geographical locations.

Scientific evidence tells us that the human species is fairly young. According to most archaeologists we originated in east Africa 130,000 to 400,000 years ago and then split into groups, multiplied, migrated, and settled in various locations across the world. Throughout this process and in the intervening time there has been significant independent evolution of the groups that established the various continents of the world. The evolution can be identified in the differences in allele frequencies at genetic markers. Predominantly, we see that markers found in one group are also prevalent in all groups and the markers that are the most common in one are also common in others.

You will be provided with a sample collection kit. Samples are collected using very simple and painless mouth swabs that are gently rubbed on the inside of the cheek. This method collects loose cells inside the mouth and it is these cells that we test.

In order to calculate your approximate ancestral origins we use specific genetic markers called Ancestry Informative Markers (AIMs) which are dissimilar between the groups and therefore indicate relative prevalence of each group in your make-up.

This test gives an estimated percentage of ancestry from four population groups:

  • Sub-Saharan African: Population group of people with roots in the Sub-Saharan region of Africa
  • Indigenous American: Population group who migrated to inhabit North, South and Central America
  • European: Includes Europeans, Middle Easterners and South Asians
  • East Asian: Includes Japanese, Chinese, Koreans and Pacific Islanders

You will receive the following:

  • Ancestry Test Certificate – a personalised certificate listing your ancestral ethnicity percentages
  • Results Manual – a detailed manual (PDF on CD) that explains your results as well as provides more information about ancestry testing and human migration history

Delivery duration
30 days from receipt of results. We will ship any product for free.

For any further enquiries, please contact us at +44 20 3096 2878