Do you recommend that I donate my mtDNA results for scientific research?

No, it is not something that we recommend or endorse. However, Family Tree DNA customers have requested this service, and we do appreciate your enthusiasm. Therefore, Family Tree DNA has worked with population geneticists and […]

Why should I contribute my Mitochondrial DNA Full Genomic Sequence test results to research?

Donating your results to a study is an opportunity to help the scientific community advance research into our shared maternal origins. Contributing your results can also hold advantages for you, especially if you are interested […]

Can I withdraw my participation in the mtDNA Full Sequence results research program?

If your results have not yet been provided to a study, yes, you may withdraw your agreement. However, please note that when your results are included in a scientific study, your results are uploaded to […]

How much does it cost to take part in the mtDNA Full Sequence Donation program?

If you have results from the mtDNA Full Sequence test, donating them for scientific use is free. Ethics Alert: Only the actual person tested may contribute their DNA test results to scientific research. Contact: This […]

Can I contribute my mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) results to research without the mtDNA full sequence test?

No. After ordering the mtDNA Full Sequence test, you will have the option to complete the donation survey using a link inside your myFTDNA account. Ethics Alert: Only the actual person tested may contribute their […]

How do I contribute my mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) results to research?

If you have taken the Mitochondrial DNA Full Genomic Sequence test, you may agree to allow your results to be contributed to science. To do so: Sign in to your myFTDNA account. On your myFTDNA page, […]

I paid for a relative’s test, may I contribute their results to science?

No. Only the person tested has the right to contribute their results to science. Even if you paid for the test of a friend or relative, they need to be the one to consent to the […]

If I contribute my mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) results to research, how long does it take for the scientists to publish the study?

Family Tree DNA does not have information on the progress or publication date of a study in advance. The scientific team may complete some studies and publish within weeks. However, most studies take months or […]

If I contribute my mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) results to research, will you include my results in a study immediately?

No. The timing of contributions being used in a study is dependent on the research needs of affiliated scientific groups and the scientific community at large. Ethics Alert: Only the actual person tested may contribute their […]

If I contribute my mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) results to research, what happens to my results after they are used in a study?

Once your results are used in a scientific study, that study will publish the Mitochondrial DNA Full Genomic Sequence test results in the form of a supporting data file. This includes the upload of results […]

Is there a time limit on when I can agree to participate in research?

No, in general, there is not a time limit for agreeing to participate in research. Ethics Alert: Only the actual person tested may contribute their DNA test results to scientific research. Contact: This service is […]

If I contribute my mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) results to research, what results are used?

For the scientific study, Mitochondrial DNA Full Genomic Sequence test results and your answers to the participation survey are used. However, after your results are included in a study and uploaded to the NCBI Genbank […]

If I contribute my mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) results to research, what is the topic of the studies my results may be used for?

Study topics may include developments in the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) haplogroup tree and origins of haplogroups, histories of particular groups of people, research into medical conditions, and others. Many studies will combine multiple topics. For […]

What are projects’ Group General Funds?

Group general funds are a way for members of projects and others interested in the project to donate money to the project. Group Project Administrators may use money donated to a Group General Fund to […]

If I contribute my mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) results to research, will I be informed of new discoveries made with my results?

Although we show the Genbank NCBI ID when results are included in a published study, we do not provide an analysis or summary of the specific impact this study has on your results. If the […]

If I contribute my mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) results to research, will I be informed of any studies that are published which use my results?

No. Family Tree DNA does not send notifications when results are sent to Genbank. However, should your results be used, we will display the NCBI Genbank ID they are assigned on the mtDNA – Results page […]

If I contribute my mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) results to research, will my personal information remain anonymous?

Family Tree DNA does not provide personal information to scientific research teams with your results beyond your answers in the participation survey. However, it may be possible once your results are in the NCBI Genbank […]

What is the mtDNA full sequence scientific donation program?

The mtDNA full sequence donation program is the chance to help with science. It helps those who study maternal genetics to better explain our past and human migrations. Ethics Alert: Only the actual person tested may […]