Family Tree DNA Partners with National Geographic’s Genographic Project

Provide Additional Insight into Family History and Ancestral Roots

HOUSTONOct. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Family Tree DNA, the world’s most comprehensive ancestry DNA combined database, announces a collaboration with National Geographic’s Geno 2.0 Next Generation, the latest product offering from National Geographic’s Genographic Project, a multi-year research initiative tracing the roots of human origin.

Geno 2.0 Next Generation draws upon the latest research from the Genographic Project to provide participants unprecedented background on their ancestors through DNA testing. Now, through its partnership with Family Tree DNA, participants will be able to transfer their results from the Genographic Project to Family Tree DNA’s database for free. This process will help participants gain additional insight into their ancestral roots and find relatives.

Geno 2.0 Next Generation builds on the success of Geno 2.0 by growing the analytical capabilities of the test and enhancing the participant experience. The new and enhanced features include:

Deeper insight into family clans: Thousands of new Y chromosome and mitochondrial DNA mutations will allow for the highest resolution in maternal and paternal haplogroup (family clan) assignments. The new mutations will allow for dozens of new haplogroup stories.

Greater analysis of mutational markers and regional affiliations: Researchers will study more than 750,000 mutational markers across the entire human genome (5 times the number used in Gene 2.0) to estimate the geographical components of participant’s DNA from 18 regional populations.

Higher precision of Neanderthal DNA: In recent years, researchers have learned much more about who Neanderthals were and how they interacted with our ancestors. With Geno. 2.0 Next Generation, participants will learn if they have any Neanderthal DNA in their genome.

Easy transfer option with Family Tree DNA: Participants can choose to extend their search for genealogical matches and relatives with Family Tree DNA, which boasts the largest ancestry database in the field of Genetic Genealogy. Simply enter your Genographic Project ID code at www.familytreedna.com to get started.

We are delighted to be collaborating with National Geographic on this very exciting and ambitious exploration into global ancestral connections and human history,” says Bennett Greenspan, Family Tree DNA CEO. “As DNA testing for genealogy and ancestry becomes more and more popular, we invite everybody to take advantage of this partnership, and go one step further in their ancestral search with the free transfer of DNA data to Family Tree DNA.”

Geno 2.0 Next Generation is available exclusively via the National Geographic Store online at shop.nationalgeographic.com.  National Geographic’s net proceeds support its nonprofit work in exploration, conservation, research and education.

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