Launch of Free Maternal Lineage Database

by admin on September 18th, 2006

Foundation building world’s largest searchable databases of linked genetic and family history information adds mtDNA database to complement existing paternal Y-chromosome database. Now women researching their ancestry can directly search SMGF database using own DNA test results.


Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation (SMGF), a nonprofit foundation building the world’s largest collection of integrated genetic and family history information, today announced that free maternal lineage searches are available through a new mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) database on its interactive Web site, www.smgf.org.

mtDNA is a powerful tool for tracing maternal ancestry for both men and women because it is inherited by children exclusively from their mothers. The foundation’s existing Y-chromosome DNA database is the world’s largest searchable repository of genetic profiles linked with family history information. On the new mtDNA database, women can research their ancestry directly using their own genetic test results, rather than needing to use a male relative’s Y-chromosome DNA profile.

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