Thursday, January 22, 2015

How do I understand the results of mtDNA?

Now to explain some ideas on understanding your test results of your mtDNA. These should also help in deciding what test to take.

Test occurs in two separate areas of your mothers DNA. The two testing areas are known as Hyper Variable Region 1 and Hyper Variable region 2. These both tests are then compared to what is known as the “Cambridge Reference Sequence”. The differences of the two are what is used in this test. The results will allow two different persons to identify a common ancestor, but this could go back as far as 1000 years. (You do the math)That's a lot of people. The second result may identify potential family groups as well as ethnic origins.

Tomorrow I will talk about what is best for our genealogies. Remember to click.

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