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Type Deep ancestry
Founded 2004 (as Ethnoancestry) April 2012 as BritainsDNA
Founder(s) Alistair Moffat and Dr. James Wilson
Headquarters Scotland
Area served Worldwide
Products Y-DNA SNPs, mtDNA

BritainsDNA and its associated companies ScotlandsDNA, IrelandsDNA, YorkshiresDNA and CymruDNAWales offer direct-to-consumer genetic tests which explore British, Irish, Scottish and Welsh ancestry. The companies are a new incarnation of the former testing company Ethnoancestry. ScotlandsDNA was founded in late 2011. BritainsDNA, IrelandsDNA and YorkshiresDNA followed in 2012.[1]CymruDNAWales was launched in September 2014.

BritainsDNA, IrelandsDNA, ScotlandsDNA, YorkshiresDNA and CymruDNAWales specialise in deep ancestry. A custom-designed Illumina chip is used. The SNPs (markers) are "carefully chosen to be non-redundant and highly informative in Europeans (although there is representation of non-European variation as well)".[2]

The company introduced a new Chromo 2 test on 14 June 2013 and now offers a range of Y-DNA and mitochondrial DNA SNP tests and an autosomal DNA SNP test.

The Standard Y-DNA test looks at 300 Y-DNA SNPs and costs $265 (£170 or €210). The Chromo 2 Y-DNA test looks at over 15,000 Y-SNPs including all the SNPs on the ISOGG Y-SNP tree and additional SNPs not yet in the public domain.[3] Only around 4200 of the Chromo 2 Y-SNPs overlap with the SNPs on the Geno 2.0 chip offered by the Genographic Project. Chromo 2 Y-DNA costs $299 (€229 or £189). Chromo 2 Raw Y-DNA costs $199 (£129 or €160) and provides the raw Y-DNA data only without the ancestral narrative. A list of some of the R1b-L21 SNPs on the BritainsDNA chip can be found here.

BritainsDNA uses its own proprietary S series names for many of the SNPs and gives its own nicknames to the Y chromosome DNA and mitochondrial DNA haplogroups. See the list of BritainsDNA haplogroup nicknames for the alternative Y-SNP names and nicknames.

The Standard mtDNA test looks at over 300 mtDNA SNPs. The Chromo2 mtDNA test looks at over 3,000 mtDNA SNPs.

The autosomal DNA test is known as All My Ancestry and tests over 250,000 autosomal SNPs. Customers are provided with a chromosome painting, a global connections plot and a population percentage model to infer which proportions of your genome come from seven different world regions.

The company also offer an additional test for £25 for the red-haired gene. This test is available as an add-on test for customers who have already ordered the deep ancestry test and is also included in the Chromo Complete package.[4]

The research from the Scotlands DNA project was published in a book written by Alistair Moffat and James Wilson entitled The Scots: A Genetic Journey (Birlinn, 2012).[5] A second book The British: A Genetic Journey by Alistair Moffat was published in October 2013.


Ethnoancestry was formed in 2004. It was registered in Scotland, and owned and run by Dr. James Wilson. The company offered Y-STR, Y-SNP and mitochondrial DNA products and was the first to commercially offer testing for the M222 SNP amongst others.

Chromo 2 reviews

BritainsDNA in the news

Blog posts

References and footnotes

  1. Dick Ahlstrom. Discover your genetic ancestors. The Irish Times, 3 May 2012.
  2. "How to order". BritainsDNA website. Accessed 15 June 2013.
  3. The new Chromo 2 test was launched on 14 June 2013. The cut-off date for inclusion of SNPs on the new BritainsDNA chip is not known but is likely be several months prior to the launch.
  4. Red Head Add-on. Britains DNA product listing. Accessed 15 June 2013.
  5. The Scots: A Genetic Journey, Birlinn website. Accessed 31 January 2013.

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