HomeDNA™ Advanced Ancestry Test

Comprehensive DNA analysis gives personal gene-pool percentages and familial DNA migration routes.

$124.00

Overview

Overview

Pinpoint the History of your DNA!

HomeDNA™ Advanced Test for Ancestry is an innovative analysis that takes you deep into your family history, often back 1,000 years or more—with a high level of specificity that you never thought possible. This next-generation autosomal DNA test combines the latest genetic research with a new ancestral tracking technique to pinpoint more precisely where your most recent DNA signature began and how it changed over time.

The process works a lot like the GPS system in your car. For this test, a unique algorithm uses various points in your own DNA data combined with data from 41 gene pools and over 1,000 reference population groups to pinpoint precise geographic locations where the last three major changes occurred in your family’s DNA. Your results also include your personal gene-pool percentages. Where are you from?

  • 80,000 autosomal genetic markers tested, 1,000+ reference populations analyzed, and 41 gene pools analyzed
  • Results show your personal gene-pool percentages plus the most recent DNA migration routes for both your maternal and paternal lines
  • Simple and painless cheek swabs to collect your DNA sample
  • Highly-accredited lab with privacy-protected service and expert staff; we are the lab and you can rest assured your samples are never sent to a third party 

Kit Contents:

  • Complete instructions
  • Cheek swabs for DNA collection
  • Postage-paid envelope for returning samples to the lab (U.S. customers only)

Results Back:

  • Within 6 weeks

This DNA test for ancestry is available for purchase through retail stores only.  

Details

Details

The desire to know where our deepest roots lie and where we come from are at the heart of testing for ancestry. Your genetic code contains the story of your distant ancestors’ DNA—as well as your own—and a DNA test for ancestry can help you uncover precious information that may have been lost or even changed over time. The HomeDNA™ Advanced Ancestry Test uses a completely new algorithm for some of the most precise, accurate, and super-targeted results on the market today. Even if you’ve already done a different test, you’ll learn something new with this revolutionary analysis.

Benefits of the Advanced Ancestry Test

  • Analyzes over 80,000 autosomal DNA markers, 41 gene pools and 1,000+ reference populations for unmatched accuracy
  • Shows the full gene-pool percentages breakdown of your personal DNA
  • Identifies when and where your DNA formed by matching the populations and gene pools that came together to create a genetic line leading to you
  • Traces the migration routes of your DNA signature back to where it originated and dates the age of your DNA signature. It does this for both your maternal and paternal lineages indicating where your DNA began. 
  • It’s the only DNA test with bio-geographical targeting capability that’s so precise, it can even identify a town or village 
  • Report can be shared with family and friends via Facebook, text, and email

Test Results Include:

  • A personalized report that identifies your ancestral origins (the gene pools or ancestral communities that contributed significant portions of your genetic makeup) and shows the percentages of DNA you inherited from each
  • Maps illustrating the two most important migration journeys for both your maternal and paternal lines, with specific locations and time stamps. Each pinpoint location also includes historical information to help identify reasons for your ancestors’ movements.

This DNA test for ancestry is available for purchase through retail stores only.

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The Science

The Science

HomeDNA™ Advanced Ancestry Testis a revolutionary DNA analysis that enables you to trace your family history based on DNA mixture events that began over 1,000 years ago. It provides maternal and paternal migration routes with precision targeting—sometimes down to the village or town. Current DNA tests used for genealogy locate where fragments of your DNA formed within countries or continents. Typically you find that some of your ancestors come from Western Europe, Africa, or South Asia, and you are given broad estimates of ethnicity. This type of DNA test generally cannot identify a radius of your origins to particular locations with longitude and latitude. This test overcomes the limitations of older DNA tests by using a new ancestral tracking technique that leverages unique markers in your DNA to pinpoint specific places where your DNA was formed. These markers were carefully selected to inform us of the particular routes your ancestors took.

The Science Behind the Test

This DNA test is based on a new way of viewing human populations that considers everyone as mixed from different gene pools. This model is fundamentally different from existing ancestry testing which suggests that humans branched from a small number of populations that changed over time. Instead, this test relies upon the genetic uniqueness created by mixing 41 global gene pools in different proportions—more than twice the number being used by other methods. As such, it captures ancient events, like the migration of Indo-Iranian people into Europe around 2500 BC. The gene pools describe the geographical origins of your DNA molecule as passed along the generational lines.

The test utilizes autosomal DNA inherited from chromosomes 1-22, which are more sensitive to the genetic signature of your most recent common ancestors compared to the Y and mitochondria chromosomes. To trace the origin of your DNA, the test splits your gene pool's unique signature into its two primary components, roughly corresponding to paternal and maternal, but not always. For example, people whose two parents are of English descent may find that this test traced their ancestries to Italy and Scandinavia, probably because the Romans and Vikings, who conquered England, contributed most to their ancestry. After determining the two head points, the test calculates the migration routes that your ancestors’ DNA took, using large circles to represent uncertainty and smaller circles for higher confidence in the geographical region. Circles represent the places where your ancestors' DNA stayed and mixed with the local inhabitants of these lands.

The migration routes are not a literal travel itinerary of your DNA. If there was no gene exchange with the local population at a particular site, the test will not report this site, although your ancestors may have traveled there. Moreover, in cases of big migrations of population A into population B, if population A continues marrying within the group, the test would trace its geographical origins to the original A site, although population A has been physically living with population B for a very long time. Finally, this DNA test for ancestry uses specific mutations in your DNA to date the most recent migration events. It can then offer an explanation as to what may have incentivized your ancestors to move from point A to point B at this particular time period.

The Test Creator

The algorithm used for this test was developed at the University of Sheffield in 2016, led by the research team of Dr. Eran Elhaik. Dr. Elhaik, a population geneticist, was one of the collaborators on an early version of the technology in 2012 called Geno 2.0 on behalf of the National Geographic Society. Most recently, the journal Nature Communications published a peer-reviewed paper describing the science behind the algorithm on April 29th, 2014. The accuracy of the test was demonstrated by identifying the DNA signature of ancient Ashkenazic Jews and their formation approximately 1,500-2,000 years ago.

See the Glossary of Ancestry Terms

How It Works

How It Works

Once you purchase your kit from your local retailer, register the kit on our website. Next, use the cotton swabs included in the kit to collect DNA samples by swabbing the insides of your cheeks. Once you have your samples, use the prepaid envelope to mail them back to our fully accredited lab, where we will compare your DNA to test for more than 80,000 unique genetic markers across more than 1.000 reference populations. You’ll receive an email once your samples arrive at our labs. Within two to three weeks, you’ll receive another email notifying you that your detailed and personalized report has been uploaded to your secure online account and is ready for you to see.

  1. BUY KIT: Order your DNA test at a store near you
  2. REGISTER KIT: Go online to HomeDNA.com to register your kit’s barcode and pay the lab fee
  3. COLLECT DNA: Use the cheek swabs found in the kit to collect your DNA and mail the samples to our lab
  4. ANALYZE DNA: You will receive an email when your samples arrive at the lab and our scientific team will extract and process your DNA to analyze the genes
  5. RECEIVE REPORT: You will receive an email within 6 weeks that your personalized report has been uploaded to your secure online account and is ready for viewing

This DNA test for ancestry is available for purchase through retail stores only.

Resources

Resources

Read further about the legendary research and significant historical finds that lead to the creation of the HomeDNA Advanced Ancestry Test.

The Diversity of REcent and Ancient huMan (DREAM): A New Microarray for Genetic Anthropology and Genealogy, Forensics, and Personalized Medicine  December 2017

DREAM can be used to study the genetic relationships between ancient humans, archaic hominins, and modern humans as well as to improve our understanding of human migratory history. 

Conversations with Eran Elhaik: Tracking Ancient Migrations July 2017
Q&A with Dr. Elhaik, the creator of GPS Origins. By applying evolutionary genomics to populations, Dr. Elhaik is able to discern snapshots of people by tracing their geographic movements.

My Genealogy Results from Multiple DNA Tests May 2017
A comparison of Family Tree DNA, Ancestry DNA and GPS Origins.

DNA Uncovers Ancient Ashkenaz, Predicts Where Yiddish Originated April 2016
Localizing Ashkenazic Jews to primeval villages in the ancient Iranian lands of Ashkenaz.

Y-Chromosomal Adam Lived 208,300 Years Ago, Says New Study May 2014
The extremely ancient chromosome that still isn’t.

Yale Researchers Map 6,000 Years of Urban Settlements June 2014
Academic-generated database showing long-term trends of urban population densities from 2000 BC to +1000 AD.

Ground-breaking technique traces DNA direct to your ancestor's home 1,000 years ago January 2014
Geographic Population structure analysis of worldwide human populations infers their bio-geographical origins.

FAQs

FAQs

About This Brand

About This Brand

HomeDNA™ empowers you with valuable information contained in your own DNA. This targeted selection of easy, at-home genetic tests will help you make better health and wellness choices and provide important answers about family relationships both past and present. Brought to you by DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC), this innovative product line includes:


  • HomeDNA™ Ancestry Analysis + Report
  • Home DNA™ Healthy Weight Analysis + Report
  • HomeDNA™ Paternity Analysis + Report
  • HomeDNA™ Skin Care Analysis + Report


Established in 1995, DDC was founded on the belief that technological advancements in DNA testing should translate to services that are accessible and affordable to everyone. We have built an international reputation based on our commitment to reliability, innovation, and value by offering DNA testing services for paternity and other family relationships, forensics, animal breeders and veterinarians, and now wellness-inspired consumers. DDC's laboratory in Fairfield, Ohio is nationally and internationally recognized through multiple accreditations. 


As an industry leader in DNA testing we offer:

  • A fully-accredited laboratory with state-of-the-art technology and robotics to ensure accuracy
  • A large team of expert PhDs to conduct results screening, testing, and research
  • A secured facility with established screening protocols to guarantee privacy and security


For 23 years, we have earned the trust of our customers by carefully handling over 10 million DNA samples. Your sensitive DNA test results always remain confidential, and we will not sell your personal data to third parties. DDC is the DNA testing laboratory trusted around the world.

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