Genetic Genealogy Spreads Around the World

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Commercially available genetic genealogy isn’t just for Americans and Europeans anymore. Eastern Biotech & Life Sciences, centered in Dubai, recently sent me an email announcing their new venture into the field of genetic genealogy testing.

Although it wasn’t apparent from the email that I received, Eastern Biotech & Life Sciences has partnered with Family Tree DNA to offer genetic genealogy testing. The following sentence comes from a press release at i-newswire: “Eastern Biotech & Life Sciences is proud to be associated with Family Tree DNA to create a database for the Middle Eastern population.”

From the Email:

“Dubai: 09/12/2007-Eastern Biotech & Life Sciences is set to launch a new Wall Chart of DNA Ancestry services to the people of the Middle East to help them invent their deep ancestors from 150,000 years ago. The roots of this tree lie more than 100,000 years in the past, at a time when our hunter-gatherer ancestors were living in Africa. As the branches of the tree multiply, they record the history of our species and the dramatic stories of how pioneering groups of humans explored and populated our planet. The different journeys they made shaped the world we know today.

From a simple mouth swab you can identify key genetic markers within your unique DNA. “By comparing these markers with genetic information taken from thousands of men and women living all across the world, we can reveal how your personal family history is descended from these epic events”, said Eng. Aida Omar, Marketing Executive of Eastern Biotech & Life Sciences.

DNA forms an unbroken chain from generation to generation, connecting you to your ancestors some 150,000 years ago, around 7,000 generations back. “Your DNA is passed from both of your parents. That is the reason we offer two paths (Paternal & Maternal) to construct your wallchart” said Eng. Aida Omar.

Maternal Ancestry (DNA-Mother)- mt DNA The DNA-Mother Wallchart tells the story of your ancient ancestors, based on scientific analysis of DNA you inherited from your mother. DNA-Mother works through analysis of mitochondrial DNA. This DNA is passed down to both genders so this service is open to all. Paternal Ancestry (DNA-Father)- Y-Chromosome. The DNA-Father Wallchart reveals the story of your ancient ancestors, based on scientific analysis of your DNA which you inherited from your father. DNA-Father traces the Y chromosome, passed down from father to son and therefore only found in males. If females are interested in tracing this side of their family tree, their DNA can be mapped by using a DNA sample from any close male relative of hers like father/brother.

Eastern Biotech & Life Sciences is a new generation provider of Predictive Genetics Testing services to the Middle Eastern people. Their aim is to be a pioneer of predictive and personalized healthcare by offering high quality services to their clients.”

Note that this product was also announced to the DNA Network a few months ago at EyeonDNA. To learn more, read this recent story in Eye of Dubai (in no way affiliated with Eye on DNA!).

Blaine Bettinger

Intellectual property attorney, genealogist, and author of The Genetic Genealogist since 2007