What American companies perform mtDNA analysis?
March 24, 2013 10:58 AM   Subscribe

I am looking to buy an analysis of my mtDNA, but my search engine seems to be only giving me foreign companies. (This is why I hate tailored searches because they pigeonhole you.) Can anyone help me?
posted by squirbel to Science & Nature (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Best answer: 23 and Me is based in California, and it appears they do this kind of DNA research (among others).

Connect my DNA is based in Ohio, but I'm not 100% certain it has the specific DNA test you're looking for (I think it does, though). I've actually also used it, and it was a pretty quick turnaround and offered some surprising results (my DNA profile shows my ancestry is mostly from France, and I didn't see that coming).
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 11:07 AM on March 24, 2013 [1 favorite]

There are a wide variety of commercially available tests that can be performed on mitochondrial DNA, how appropriate any of them would be for you would depend on the kinds of questions you would want to ask of the data you get back. Could you describe what you are looking for with the test you want to perform?
posted by Blasdelb at 11:14 AM on March 24, 2013 [2 favorites]

Response by poster: I would like to find out my haplogroups, as I am an adopted child. I am of Puerto Rican descent, which is by nature, mixed. I need more information.
posted by squirbel at 12:04 PM on March 24, 2013

Best answer: 23andMe will tell you your maternal haplogroup, as well as your Ancestry Composition. Plus you get access to your raw data, which can then be uploaded to a third-party website if you want a second opinion. The price has dropped recently to $99.
posted by Knappster at 12:13 PM on March 24, 2013 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Seconding 23andMe.

Another company is FamilyTreeDNA, but they're more expensive than 23andMe and you get fewer tests for your money.
posted by grahamsletter at 12:36 PM on March 24, 2013

GeneDx does mitochondrial testing. Haven't used them personally, so I can't vouch for it. Their website says they only do tests when referred by a physician.
posted by Adamsmasher at 5:00 PM on March 24, 2013 [1 favorite]

Thirding 23andMe. I am a very happy customer, and now it's so much cheaper I've been getting some family tested. There are many other adopted children on 23andMe's community forums, so you might find some people with similar quests.
posted by andraste at 4:16 AM on March 25, 2013

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