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DNA Maternal Lineage Test


This test uses mitochondrial DNA which is passed from a mother to all of her children and from her daughters on to their children, generation after generation. Using the mutations in this DNA we can map out the journey that your maternal ancestors took.

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Product Description

We are able to provide maternal lineage testing because the mitochondrial DNA is passed from a mother to all of her children and from her daughters on to their children, generation after generation. The mitochondrial DNA is very stable and is inherited with relatively little change over multiple generations. Because mitochondrial DNA is common to everyone, this test can be done for both men and women.

Hypervariable regions in mitochondrial DNA are the sites where mutations occur and it is these that we test and this way we can designate your haplogroup. On average one letter in the sequence of mitochondrial DNA changes every 1,500 years. This change is then passed on to succeeding generations.

Using this important part of your DNA, your maternal history can be traced back to the first individuals who populated the planet. Scientific data suggests this was in Africa over 130,000 to 400,000 years ago.

The modern human was born somewhere in East Africa approximately 175,000 years ago. From this base, people began to migrate out of the African continent to settle in other parts of the world. Over time as they started to settle in different geographic areas, their DNA took on changes until they had distinct differences and it is these distinct genetic differences that allows us to define to which haplogroup you belong and which place of origin you are associated with.

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.

There are three parts of the mitochondrial DNA that can be examined during the testing process:
HVR1 – testing this area allows us to determine your haplogroup
HVR11 and HVR111 – testing these areas assist with the designation of the haplogroup
and in some cases the sub-group known as a sub-clade.

You will receive the following:

  • Your Family’s Ancestral Map – a map showing the journey your ancestors took including where they first settled in the ancient world.
  • Your Haplogroup Designation – confirmation of your haplogroup plus information about it including where peoples with your haplogroup are most commonly found
  • Your MTDNA Raw Data – this lists the differences between your sequence and that of the revised Cambridge Reference Sequence

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

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