Mitochondrial DNA Testing

family photoMitochondrial DNA is passed down from the mother to both sons and daughters and is transmitted through the egg. Therefore, sons can’t pass it down to their children, but daughters can.

This type of DNA (also known as mtDNA) is “nonrecombinant,” which means that it doesn’t combine with other DNA. So when it’s passed down through the maternal line, it remains unchanged with each generation. In fact, your mtDNA will be almost identical to ancestors who lived thousands of years ago.

If someone needs to know whether or not they are adopted, mtDNA can prove it one way or the other by determining whether a mother and child are biologically related.

The cost for testing one person for mitochondrial DNA is $425. Our parent lab, DNA Diagnostic Center (DDC) is the most recommended lab by hospitals. One of our technicians can come to your home, office, doctor’s office, lawyer’s office, hospital, orphanage funeral home, court, jail or anywhere else from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Sunday.

If you’d like to know more about mitochondrial DNA testing, contact our team of professionals today. We’ll go over what you need to know about maternal DNA.

Top-quality DNA collection

woman and babyThe philosophy at Choice DNA is “knowing is believing.” This means that every step of the process is critically monitored and evaluated, so that you can trust the results completely.

With more than 6,100 locations nationwide, you can expect to get your results back within two to three days after the sample is received in our lab. Our ever-expanding network of professionals will provide you with top-notch DNA services, and you don’t have to deal with travel.

Some people will use mitochondrial DNA testing as a way to explore their genealogy. Everyone’s nuclear DNA is inherited in equal parts; if you went back six generations, your DNA would have come from 32 men and 32 women. But the mtDNA comes from just one of those 32 women.

Why do women tend to outlive men in general? Some scientists believe it all has to do with the mitochondria. While the inheritance of mtDNA may lead to mutations, they aren’t harmful to females — but are harmful to males. This could lead to a shorter life span in general for men.

If you’re interested in knowing more about mitochondrial DNA testing, contact Choice DNA today. We are experts in every aspect of genetic testing and can answer any questions you may have about maternal DNA.