The MtDNA test takes a segment of your MtDNA (mitochondrial DNA) and compares it with other tested individuals to determine whether there is a common maternal line. MtDNA is a special type of DNA for the following reasons:
It is found in the mitochondria of the cell and not the cell nucleus.
It is handed down from mother to her children; both male and female.
Males have MtDNA in their cells inherited from their mother but do not pass it to their children, only females do so.
MtDNA is rarely subject to mutation and is not affected by heat or other environmental changes.
Our analysts will take the MtDNA and specifically map out your X-SV profiles to determine whether the sequence of these profiles is similar enough to conclude a positive result. Should they be similar enough, then the tested individual share the same maternal line. The test will not, however, tell you how close or how distant the relationship is, neither the exact nature of the relationship (aunt, grandparent etc).
Cost and turnaround time for MtDNA test
homeDNAdirect USA offers the MtDNA test for 2 participants from only $399.00 and you can expect to receive your results within 19-21 business days.
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