Ancestry DNA Testing
Ancestry DNA Testing
AlphaBiolabs ancestry DNA testing is highly developed to determine a person’s bio-geographic ancestry. If you are curious and interested in researching your family history, or you simply want to learn more about you and your background, the ancestry DNA testing test can provide you with a clearer understanding of your genetic ancestry and provide a platform into further research about your likely ancestors.
Ancestry DNA Testing from AlphaBiolabs
This test gives an estimated percentage of ancestry from the four main population groups:
- European. This people group includes Europeans, South Asians and Middle Easterners
- African. This group includes people with roots in the Sub-Saharan region of Africa.
- East Asian. This people group includes the Koreans, Chinese, Japanese, and Pacific Islanders.
- Indigenous American. This group is composed of people who migrated to inhabit North, South and Central America.
Please note that Ancestry DNA testing does not state or establish a person’s race*; it gives an estimate of genetic ancestry or heritage, see below for example:
Public Ancestry DNA Test
The AlphaBiolabs Ancestry DNA Test for members of the public currently costs £149.00
You will receive the following once you have purchased an ancestry DNA testing kit:
- A simple DNA sample-collection kit containing cheek swabs with step-by-step instructions.
- A Test Certificate for displaying your ancestral breakdown in percentage terms.
- A comprehensive manual that explains your results, and provides additional information about both ancestry testing and human migration history.
Purchase your ancestry DNA testing kit today and discover your true heritage.
About our Ancestry DNA Testing
Our test provides an ancestral breakdown of the four founding populations: these are European, Indigenous American, Sub-Saharan African, and East Asian. The four founding populations listed in your test results are used in simple terms. It’s significant to bear in mind that these “founding populations” refer to a group of people with combined ancestry that live in certain geopolitical areas with “blurred boundaries.” To describe your ancestral makeup, we use a term called Biogeographical Ancestry, this is explained below.
You could discover that several of your ancestral proportions may not be what you were expecting. Interpreting your results in relation to your physical appearance is also explained further down.
In “defining your racial background,” our ancestry DNA testing also delivers a statistical approximation of an individual’s BioGeographical Ancestry (BGA). BGA is a way of stating the proportional ancestry of a person that is independent of the various socially stated “races.” Race is frequently reported by social or political conventions (there is no biological definition of “race”), biogeographical ancestry describes populations that share comparable DNA markers because of a mixed ancestry, which could cross a number of geographical areas.
Defining the European Population
The categories of the founding populations specified in the test report are generally used, for conciseness and practicality. For example, our use of “European” population indicate people of collective “proto-European” ancestry, this includes not only populations residing within the European continent, but also encompasses the Middle East and South Asia. Our definition of this founding population is based on evolutionary and anthropologic studies which show that these peoples’ common ancestor ascended from anatomically modern humans who travelled out of Africa approximately 50,000 years ago to inhabit the Fertile Crescent area of the Middle East—this today includes the counties of Iraq, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, and Syria, also including the territory between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers.
As a result, people living in Europe, Middle East, and South Asia (India) share common ancestral markers dating back 10 to 50,000 years ago. In DNA testing a variety of world populations, for example, South Asian Indians are found to have considerable, but lower, level of “European” markers while Middle Easterners display an elevated level of “European” markers. In the AncestrybyDNA™ test, the average South Asian Indian displays 58% European ancestry, while Middle Easterners have between 80-90% European ancestry.
Test results from a variety of world populations can be read here: Average Results for Various Populations.
Percentages and Physical Appearance
Persons displaying physical characteristics of a population group generally have at least 30-35% identity with that group. For example, persons with an 85% European and 15% African generally display few, if any, physical likeness or characteristics of the African group, such as a darker tone of skin.
This is explained because the genes that determine physical appearance are all but a very tiny percentage of the total number of genes in the genome. Therefore for all of these genes to have sequences distinguishing of one group, the person would need to be of high proportions for that particular group. The higher the percentage of African a person is, the more probable the areas of the genome that determines physical appearance will be of African origin.
Note: AlphaBiolabs conforms to the consent and use of DNA criteria set out by the Human Tissue Authority.
To ensure that you receive the right test for your needs we recommend that you call our friendly customer support team on 0333 600 1300.