Generators for Generations: Online databases for mtDNA
Electron microscope view of mitochondrial section
Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) produces energy for a cell, and children inherit their mtDNA from their mother. Online databases for
human mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) are useful for:
Genealogists to find family connections
Anthropologists to map historical migration patterns and ancient origins
Physicians to identify
mtDNA diseases Forensic scientists to help identify remains
contains over 32,000 MitoSearch HVR1 haplotypes of people who tested mostly with FamilyTreeDNA, and allows input of results from other DNA testing companies.
contains over 73,000 HVR1 haplotypes of participants who tested with the SMGF Mitochondrial Database Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation.
contains over 7,900 human full sequences maintained by the GenBank National Center for Biotechnology Information. Simplified search instructions are available here.
The benefits of mtDNA testing for genealogy are detailed in Megan Smolenyak and Ann Turner’s
This is one of many works included in Trace your roots with DNA. The International Society of Genetic Genealogy‘s (ISOGG’s) bibliography of books on genetic genealogy and deep ancestry.
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