Addition of New Test Means GeneTree Participants Can Now
Conveniently Tap into the Worlds Largest and
Most Diverse Databases of Linked DNA and Family History Information
Using Both Y-Chromosome (Paternal Line) DNA and Mitochondrial (Maternal
Line) DNA Profiles.
SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GeneTree, a DNA-enabled family
history-sharing networking Web site designed to help people understand
where their personal histories belong within the greater human genetic
story, today added a Y-chromosome DNA testing option allowing
participants to search for paternal line ancestors in the worlds
largest and most diverse genetic genealogy databases. Providing a Y-DNA
testing service along with its existing mitochondrial DNA testing means
GeneTree participants can now conveniently research both paternal and
maternal lineages using DNA profiles.
This is a powerful addition for people
exploring their genealogy through genetics,
said Matt Cupal, GeneTree COO. Researching a
paternal line with Y-DNA enables a person to go deep into their ancestry
beyond traditional research roadblocks, such as missing documentation.
Also, it can help them understand how a living person with the same last
name is related to them.
Y-DNA is an unrivaled tool for tracing paternal ancestry. Only males
have the Y-chromosome, which is passed down from father to son, and
males with a common paternal ancestor have almost identical Y-DNA. Women
may trace their paternal line by arranging Y-DNA testing for their
father, a brother or other male relative in their direct paternal line.
Because people generally inherit their surnames from their father, Y-DNA
testing is an excellent tool for surname research.
October 2007, GeneTree applies social networking and rich media
technologies to genetic genealogy providing individuals with innovative
tools to map, assemble, record and share their family histories.
Participants collaborate to build family networks online and add new
connections with previously unknown living relatives. GeneTree is
working in partnership with the Sorenson
Molecular Genealogy Foundation in building the worlds
most comprehensive genetic genealogy databases with the intention of
expanding the concept of family and deepening the ability of individuals
to comprehend their place within the human family.
The GeneTree.com online pressroom is located at www.genetree.com/help/pressroom.html,
and provides high-resolution images, FAQs, backgrounder and product
Pricing and Availability
Beginning immediately, GeneTree is offering two Y-chromosome DNA test
options: a basic 33-marker test and an enhanced 46-marker test. Prices
begin at $149 with discounts for those who have already had a
mitochondrial DNA test through GeneTree. Additional information is
available at www.genetree.com.
GeneTree (www.genetree.com) is a
DNA-enabled family history-sharing Web site designed to help people
understand where their personal histories belong within the greater
human genetic story. GeneTree creates opportunities for unlocking human
genetic heritage, discovering ancestors, connecting and collaborating
with living relatives, and sharing rich media to help discover, document
and preserve family histories. GeneTree was developed by the Sorenson
family of companies and draws on the expertise of the Sorenson Molecular
Genealogy Foundation, a nonprofit organization that developed the
world's foremost collection of genetic-genealogy information; Sorenson
Media, which created the world's leading digital video compression
software; and Sorenson Genomics, which pioneered Internet-based consumer