DNA Consultants Expands to Mexico


Guelaguetza parade before the former Convent of Santiago Apóstel in Cuilapan de Guerrero, Oaxaca

CARRYING ON. Mexican folk figure Donají is celebrated by villagers in a Guelaguetza parade before the former Convent of Santiago Apóstel in Cuilapan de Guerrero, Oaxaca. Legend says she was beheaded and replaced as Lady of the Land by a violent invading army—a myth found throughout the world. Her name means “large soul” in the Zapotec language and seems to be the same as Dana (“Mother”), the Great Goddess who brings everything to life, grants plenty to all and wisely oversees regeneration of the earth. Photo by Donald Yates, July 24, 2023, ©DNA Consultants.

 

At a time when DNA Consultants is marking its 20th anniversary in business, the company has announced it is expanding to Mexico with a line of dedicated Spanish language DNA tests. Rolando Acevedo Gomez has been appointed General Manager, Mexico.

“Mexico has some of the most ancient and mixed populations in the world,” said CEO and Chief Scientific Officer Donald N. Yates. “We are proud to bring our best-selling forensic ancestry method to this important new market.”

Rolando Acevedo Gomez, General Manager, Mexico.

Rolando Acevedo Gomez, General Manager, Mexico.

Acevedo holds professional medical and legal interpreter certificates and lives in Cuernavaca. For the past three years, he has worked for AMN Healthcare, an international staffing and technology company based in the U.S. Before this, he was general supervisor for a Colorado plant construction firm.

Acevedo joins the company’s strategic marketing and digital design team headed by Alejandro Rodriguez Fernandez in Cuenca, Spain.

DNA Consultants will sell a new Basic Hispanic DNA Test – available in English or Spanish – on its official website (www.dnaconsultants.com) and through its Amazon Mexico shop.

Like the Basic American Indian DNA Test introduced several years ago, this test uses a customer’s unique genetic profile, which is compared to forensic data compiled from more 550 reference populations.  The strongest of nearly 170 possible Hispanic matches are listed together with any significant indigenous tribal populations (Amerind, or Native American Indian).

 

DNA Consultants recently added 11 indigenous populations in Oaxaca to its method, bringing the total number of Indian populations in North, Central and South America to more than 80. For a post on Oaxaca’s rare native populations, see Indians from India in Ancient Mexico (August 20, 2023).

For all populations in the forensic database, visit All Populations.

Some sample top 20 results, ranked from strongest to weaker matches, are given below as they would appear in the new test report:

 

1 U.S. Cherokee Enrolled (n = 33)
2 Mexican – Northeastern – Mestizo (n = 143)
3 Portuguese – Porto region (n = 39)
4 Spanish – Andalusian (n = 100)
5 Mexican – Central Region (n = 211)
6 Native American – Choles – Chiapas, Mexico (n = 109)
7 Hispanic – Florida (n = 100)
8 Hispanic – Michigan (n = 75)
9 Majorcan Jews – Chueta (n = 102)
10 Mexican – Chihuahua (North Central) (n = 161)
11 Mexico (Northern) – Tarahumara or Raramuri Indians (n = 5)
12 Paraguayan (n = 168)
13 El Salvadoran (n = 296)
14 Colombian (n = 1944)
15 Ecuadorian (n = 150)
16 Malaysian – Sarawak – Melanu (n = 128)
17 Hispanic – California (n = 105)
18 Mexico- Huichols- Jalisco (n=117)
19 Chinese Han – Northern (n = 2211)
20 Hispanic – Southwestern U.S. (n = 105)

 

Mexicans are known to be about 50% European, chiefly Spanish/Portuguese. About 25% is Mestizo, sharing a mixture of indigenous and European ancestors, and about 20% is Indigenous, with purely indigenous ancestors. The remainder lines come from various ethnicities, including Asian, African, and Middle Eastern ancestors. On a mitochondrial (female lineage) basis, as many as 90% of Mexicans descend from an ancient indigenous female.