The following was written by Pathway Genomics:
Instead of digging deep into family and historical records to identify your ancestors and their stories, your genes still carry identities and traits passed on by ancient ancestors who lived way before recorded history. Pathway Genomics’ renowned genetic genealogists use advanced scientific research and analysis to classify you into over 1200 maternal and nearly 250 paternal haplogroups.
Maternal vs. Paternal
Both males and females can test their mtDNA to determine the origin of their maternal line. Note that the mtDNA strictly checks the maternal line, with no influence from any males along that line. Men and women both receive their mtDNA from their mother.
Males can test their Y chromosome to determine the origin of their paternal line. Note that the Y chromosome test strictly checks the paternal line, with no influence from any females along that line.
Females do not receive Y-DNA, and therefore females cannot be tested for the paternal line. If you are a female and would like to know about your paternal line, you would need to have a brother or a male relative from that line tested.
Leading the way
Pathway Genomics hired some of the leading genetic genealogists in the world to design a custom analysis with the most precise and thorough genetic ancestry testing available. Our maternal and paternal tests are 10 times more precise in their definition of haplogroups than other services, with more than 1000 maternal and over 200 paternal haplogroups.
This means that where other services will tell you that you are in Haplogroup J, we can tell you that you are in Haplogroup J2a1a – it is like the difference between saying you drive a Japanese car and saying you drive a 2009 Toyota Camry XLS.By identifying your ancestry more precisely, Pathway Genomics helps you to identify people with whom you are more closely related.
- Some services use STRs, not SNPs. STRs are an older, less comprehensive test for genetic ancestry.
Genetic mutations that naturally occur in our distant ancestral lines provide information that can also help you understand your recent ancestry as well.
Dig deep into your ethnic origins
We’ll provide you with the most up-to-date Ad Mixture information available on the market today, enabling you to understand your ethnic makeup (e.g. Indian, European, African American, Asian, etc.) We can also tell you if you are related to famous people like Thomas Jefferson, Genghis Khan, Marie Antoinette, or many others.
You can find more information at http://www.pathway.com.