On March 1, DNA Consultants launched the first direct-to-the-consumer ancient DNA test series with an introductory offer starting at $99. Our Primeval DNA Test allows you to compare your personal genome with the DNA of real people in the past. You can upload raw data from past testing you have had with Ancestry, 23andme or other companies and see your results in a few days.
Primeval DNA is available only from DNA Consultants.
The introductory offer focuses on seven ancient peoples. It will be followed by a full rollout of over fifty ancient cultures this spring. The seven ancient peoples from which you can choose in the introductory phase are: Ancient Britons, Ancient Israelites, Chumash Paleo-Indians, Egyptian Mummies, Ice Age and Stone Age Europeans and Vikings in Medieval Iceland.
Millions of people have taken personal ancestry tests from various DNA testing services over the past few years. But these comparisons involved only living people. They were limited by where their customers came from and where the scientific groundwork was conducted. All was theoretical and extrapolated and interpreted, not observational. Direct one-on-one comparisons with ancient peoples, nucleotide by nucleotide, were not performed.
The new approach uses ancestry informative markers harvested from immense ancient genomic databases and applies powerful algorithms to analyze your genetic similarity to early human fossils, skeletons and ancient individuals. DNA Consultants’ Primeval DNA Test emerged only over the last year from cooperation with paleogeneticist Dr. Eran Elhaik of the University of Sheffield in England.
Founded in 2003, DNA Consultants specializes in a forensic population matching approach to ancestry analysis. This will be the company’s first genomic product.
Acceptable personal genome raw result providers include: 23andme, Ancestry, National Geographic Geno, Next Gen, Family Tree DNA Family Finder, My Heritage and Living DNA. The file should be zipped because the data are usually several megabytes in size.
For more information, see Primeval DNA FAQs.
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