Ancestry.com has launched of the AncestryDNA service, a DNA test. The DNA test analyzes a person’s genome at over 700,000 marker locations, cross referencing a worldwide DNA database. By combining these genetic matches with Ancestry.com’s 34 million family trees and 9 billion records, AncestryDNA can help find common ancestors dating back as far as the middle 18th century, says the website.
AncestryDNA has organized a independent Science Advisory Board and has also acquired access to DNA samples, many of which had been assembled by the non-profit Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation. AncestryDNA will be offered through Ancestry.com DNA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ancestry.com.
AncestryDNA helps determine geographic and ethnic origins by comparing test-takers’ unique DNA signatures to the DNA of people from across the globe – drawn from the preeminent collection of DNA samples assembled by the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation. The current version of the test includes 22 worldwide geographical and ethnic categories, including six regions in Europe, five regions in Africa, and Native American.
AncestryDNA will initially be available by invitation-only to Ancestry.com subscribers for $99, with the expectation that the service will be made available to the general public later this year.
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