|Founded||2004 (as Ethnoancestry)|
|Founder(s)||Dr. James Wilson|
|Products||Y-DNA SNPs, mtDNA|
BritainsDNA and its associated companies ScotlandsDNA, IrelandsDNA and YorkshiresDNA offer direct-to-consumer genetic tests which explore British, Irish and Scottish 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.
BritainsDNA, IrelandsDNA, ScotlandsDNA and YorkshiresDNA specialise in deep ancestry. The testing is carried out at the Queen Mary University of London Genome Centre. A custom-designed Illumina chip is used containing nearly 400 mitochondrial DNA markers and nearly 400 Y chromosome SNPs, all chosen to be non-redundant and informative in Europeans (although there is representation of non-European variation on the chip as well). The company does not publish a list of the SNPs that are included on the chip. A list of the R1b-L21 SNPs on the BritainsDNA chip can be found here. The company plans to update the chip from time to time to include newly discovered SNPs.
The company also offer an additional test for £25 for the red-haired gene. This test is only available as an add-on test for customers who have already ordered the deep ancestry test.
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). A second book The British: A Genetic Journey by Alistair Moffat and James Wilson is to be published in September 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.
- Robin McKie. DNA project reveals Tom Conti's Napoleonic blood and rich roots of Scotland's genetic legacy The Guardian, 14 April 2012.
- Study reveals 'extraordinary' DNA of people in Scotland BBC News Scotland, 17 April 2012.
- The Scots genetic journey continues by Amanda Epperson, The Scottish Emigration Blog, 2 September 2012.
- DNA project aims to count Scots redheads BBC News Scotland, 7 November 2012.
- Martyn McLaughlin. Half of all Scots have 'ginger gene' say experts, The Scotsman, 8 November 2012.
- Exaggerations and errors in the promotion of genetic ancestry testing by Vincent Plagnol of Genomes Unzipped, 17 December 2012.
- BritainsDNA - Caveat Emptor by Roberta Estes, 20 December 2012.
- Response to "Exaggerations and errors in the promotion of genetic ancestry testing" a guest post on the Genomes Unzipped blog by James Wilson, Chief Scientist, BritainsDNA, 3 January 2013.
- One in ten Scots men descended from Picts by Shan Ross, The Scotsman, 25 March 2013.
- ↑ Dick Ahlstrom. Discover your genetic ancestors. The Irish Times, 3 May 2012.
- ↑ Information provided to ISOGG in December 2011 by Britains DNA's Chief Scientist, James Wilson. Updated marker information provided by James Wilson in January 2013.
- ↑ Can you give me some technical details on your test? FAQ on BritainsDNA website posted on 17 May 2012 by Laura Marshall. Accessed 11 March 2013.
- ↑ Red Head. Britains DNA product listing. Accessed 28 January 2013.
- ↑ The Scots: A Genetic Journey, Birlinn website. Accessed 31 January 2013.
- BritainsDNA official website
- ScotlandsDNA official website
- IrelandsDNA official website
- YorkshiresDNA official website
- BritainsDNA blog
- IrelandsDNA blog
- ScotlandsDNA blog
- YorkshiresDNA blog
- BritainsDNA on Facebook
- ScotlandsDNA on Facebook
- ScotlandsDNA on Twitter
- ScotlandsDNA demo report
- The Scots: A Genetic Journey A six-part radio series from BBC Radio Scotland