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The genetics of ancestral origins is upending long-held associations of who we are and where we came from. Recent genetic developments have examined the intermingling of European, Mideastern, and African populations. The geographical genetic profiles of about 1500 years ago are still evident and detectable in current migratory populations.
There is a distinct presence of African ancestry in many south European, middle Eastern, and Jewish populations that have been traced back about 70 generations. The primary mixing of African and Southern European populations coincides with events during the Roman Empire and the Arab migrations that followed.
There are no impenetrable genetic boundaries.
Viaguard's ancestral origin test examines the global spectrum of your genetic inheritance.
Ancestral origin tests based on surnames have limited value since people’s names have changed and evolved over the centuries, and there may be many disparate groups with similar surnames. Viaguard’s test incorporates Y–DNA (male) and mtDMA (female) genetic principals as an integral part of our analysis. Your genetic/biological roots may surprise you.
Your DNA analysis is also used to track the likely migratory patterns of your ancestors in their routes to your present habitat. The computer generated map supplied as part of your results will indicate migratory patterns.
With this simple DNA Ancestry test, your DNA profile is compared
against hundreds of global populations and fourteen
anthropological regions whose collective genetic information is
known and scientifically validated. We then measure the
likelihood that your genetic information is linked with each of
those populations and regions, and plot the results on a
high resolution map which illustrates your unique geogenetic
heritage from both a per-population view, and an overall regional
view. DNA genealogy has never been so easy to understand!
The science of Ancestral Origins owes a great deal to the late Alan C. Wilson who died in 1991 while short-listed for the Nobel Prize. In his multi-year studies on informative genetic markers for tracking human origins he concluded that we are all related to a female ancestor who lived in Africa about 200,000 years ago - a premise today accepted by geneticists and the basis of comparative DNA.
STR DNA Profile ID Card
The STR Profile of any test applicant will be recorded on a
personal identification card that can be stored for your own
personal records. The STR Genetic Profile follows the
international standard for DNA identification; you may provide
this information to law enforcement when trying to help locate or
identify an individual (such as a child) in cases of abductions,
accidents or natural disasters.
About the DNA Ancestry Map
DNA genealogy using our heritage DNA Test benefits greatly from
the experience of one of the world’s top human identity DNA
testing laboratories. We've compiled data from scientific
publications such as Forensic Science International and The
Journal of Forensic Sciences, from organizations such as the Yale
School of Medicine, and from our own population databases into
what is now called "FoGG DB"": the Focused GeoGenetic Database.
We've also developed an analysis suite called FoggPopper" which
uses a human DNA profile to pull relevant data out of FoGG DB"
and then perform various calculations and follows certain
algorithms to arrive at a result which reveals a person's
strongest DNA ancestry. The data from this DNA ancestry test is
then compiled into a high resolution DNA Ancestry map,
personalized for each customer. Each map is broken into three
major sections: Population Matches, Native Region Matches, and
The Afro/European Migrations
About 35% of african migration to europe took place from sub-saharan africa to europe between 10,000 b.c. and the era of the roman empire. the other 65% from the roman empire to recent times. the migrations took place via north africa and coastal routes.
Population Matches: We measure your DNA
individually against every population in our database, and mark how
strongly your profile matched against each. On the population match
map, each population has a shape which tells you which
anthropological region that population belongs to, as well as a
color to indicate how strong a match you had with it. Green is
a very strong match, yellow is a good match, and red means a weak match, or no match was made. In this set of calculations, we also
indicate three special anthropological regions, which are actually
groups of dispersed populations. A dispersed population is one that
has migrated from a native land to somewhere else on the globe.
Native Region Matches: Running a completely new
set of calculations, and not using any of our "dispersed
population" regions, we determine with which anthropological native
regions you have the strongest links. The strongest match is
indicated in green; any subsequent matches are indicated in yellow.
While the population match map contains data concerning recent
migrations to North America, the Native Region map does not, and
can be considered more of a "Deep Roots" match.
Strength Indicators: The first strength indicator graph looks at the
cumulative strength of each population in your matched regions,
and compares them. This way, you not only know how strong individual
populations are with the "population match map", but can look at the
larger picture, and know how each represented region compares
with any you may have matched. A second strength
indicator looks at your native region matches (in the smaller map)
and simply shows you how each native region compares in strength
with any other native regions you may have matched.
Quality, Size, and
Each map is printed using a photographic-quality five-dye printing
process on glossy 17" x 10.6" photographic paper. These images come
out rich and beautiful and are suitable for framing and displaying
with pride in your home. Because every map is custom made, your map
will have "Exclusively prepared for" followed by your name printed
Personalised DNA Analysis Report
Included with your results is a personalised DNA Analysis Report
together with an account of historical migration, which will
explain how different populations have moved around the world. This
coupled with your personal results will give you a more
comprehensive insight into your ancestral roots.
Your personal report will include your DNA Profile together with
your top Personal Population Matches.
Click here to see a sample report
Order the DNA Ancestral Heritage Sample Collection
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remitted when submitting samples for DNA analysis. We
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Ancestral origins often raise the genetic question of whether the possibility of reverse evolution exists. Can an organism loop back on itself and revert to a primitive form?
A great deal of research has been done, much of it at the Howard Hughes medical institute.
Extensive studies indicate that contrary to our opinion of some people, genetically it is impossible.
An analysis of the gluticocofrticoid receptor (GR) found in vertebrates proves that evolution moves in one direction — it is a one-way valve.
GR is the sister gene of a similar hormone receptor, the mineral corticoid receptor (MR), and both GR and MR are duplicates of a 400 million year old ancestral gene.
The ancestral protein encoded by that gene is labeled ANCR and 40 million years ago was the last ancestral link between salmon and us.
As an organism moves forward in evolutionary time and adapts to new environments, a multiplex of genetic mutations occurs, the restrictive ones are able to block the path to reversion.
Once a genetic adaption works the restrictive mutations permanently block reversion — that bridge is burned.
The larger question remains: was evolution an inevitable outcome, or a fortuitous accident.
The answer is — a little of both, but tilting in the direction of fortuitous accident.
THE SPEED OF HUMAN MUTATION
Your genetic code is made up of 6 billion pieces of information called nucleotides. One half of this number comes from the father and one half from the mother. In this vast array of genetic information we had assumed that there were several hundred mistakes or mutations in the information code transmitted to offspring. Recent studies indicate that in fact there are far fewer mutations transmitted as little as 10%-15% of that number.
Mutations are important in the evolutionary process. With the reduced number of transmitted mutations evolution is happening much more rapidly than previously thought possible. Mutations occur during cell division and DNA replication and males produce far more mutations than female because they produce megamillions of sperm whereas a woman produces a relatively small number of eggs. Men generally cause about 6X as many genetic errors to their children as women.
Ancestral origins includes the tracking of genetic mutations through the various generations as a guide to determining ethno-geographic origins.