Mitochondrial DNA is passed down from the mother to both sons and daughters and is transmitted through the egg. Therefore, sons can’t pass it down to their children, but daughters can.
This type of DNA (also known as mtDNA) is “nonrecombinant,” which means that it doesn’t combine with other DNA. So when it’s passed down through the maternal line, it remains unchanged with each generation. In fact, your mtDNA will be almost identical to ancestors who lived thousands of years ago.
If someone needs to know whether or not they are adopted, mtDNA can prove it one way or the other by determining whether a mother and child are biologically related.
The cost for testing one person for mitochondrial DNA is $425. Our parent lab, DNA Diagnostic Center (DDC) is the most recommended lab by hospitals. One of our technicians can come to your home, office, doctor’s office, lawyer’s office, hospital, orphanage funeral home, court, jail or anywhere else from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Sunday.
If you’d like to know more about mitochondrial DNA testing, contact our team of professionals today.We’ll go over what you need to know about maternal DNA.