DNA Tribes is a personal genomics and biotechnology company based in Arlington, Virginia that allows individuals to have their genetic ancestry analyzed based on autosomal STR genetic markers developed by the FBI for individual identification in a forensic context. DNA Tribes also provides since 2011 a geographical "deep ancestry" analysis that can be performed based on genotype raw data from any of several SNP microarray tests. Autosomal DNA is inherited from both maternal and paternal ancestors. The methodology is a cheek swab kit which is delivered to the customer's home and then sealed and returned for analysis. Results are delivered to the customer via e-mail.
Currently, DNA Tribes has 920 sample populations collected by researchers from 305,000 individuals, including 673 populations classified as indigenous populations, and 195 populations classified as Diaspora populations, including multiple Jewish populations from Israel and the world Jewish Diaspora. DNA Tribes' sample population sizes range from 21 to 13,000.
Journalist Carolina A. Miranda reviewed DNA Tribes in her article for Time Magazine, "Diving into the Gene Pool." saying "ancestral-DNA testing gives you only a "statistical likelihood" of membership in a certain group.
The San Francisco Chronicle
A 2007 article on DNA ancestry testing companies said that "Several companies, including DNA Tribes of Arlington, Va., also offer a test that examines the DNA contribution of both parents. These tests are the most controversial because many scientists say there isn't enough data yet to get accurate results."
- Genealogical DNA test, particularly the section on geographic origin tests
- deCODE genetics
- DNA Consultants
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Several companies, including DNA Tribes of Arlington, Va., also offer a test that examines the DNA contribution of both parents. These tests are the most controversial because many scientists say there isn't enough data yet to get accurate results." Nixon, Ron (2007-12-02). DNA ancestry testing leaves some in doubt. New York Times. SFGate. Retrieved on 2009-05-12.
- ↑ "The company was formed in 2006" What's your tribe?.
- ↑ "Companies like DNA Tribes and DNAPrint are offering DNA marker tests by mail" Yang, Jeff (2006-11-09). Get Your Genes On. SFgate. Retrieved on 2009-05-12.
- ↑ company FAQ.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Populations.
- ↑ http://www.dnatribes.com/pops-diaspora.html
- ↑ Miranda, C.A. (2006). Diving into the Gene Pool. Time.com. Sunday 20 Aug. Available online: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1229118,00.html. Accessed 19 June 2009.
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