SEATTLE, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Tracing your ancestry has become as simple as the swipe of a swab. Advanced new home DNA tests can now tell which of 33 original maternal lines your belong to. Best selling book The Seven Daughters of Eve discusses the seven ancient European maternal clans. Now, through advanced testing by Seattle genetic testing firm, Genelex, a person's ancestry can be tied to one of the 33 original maternal clans worldwide!
High-tech paternal genetic lineage tests are also now available that provide surname information -- allowing test-takers the possibility of connecting with living, distant relatives. According to Genelex founder, Howard Coleman, "The hidden ancestral lineage is clear and individually specific, thanks to state of art genetic testing technology now available to the public."
Another new genetic test announced by Genelex is important to the millions of us about to start a New Years' diet and fitness regimen.
This test, called the Nutritional Genetic Test, reveals genetic predispositions to illnesses and maladies such as heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, and vitamin deficiencies. Coleman says, "we should take heed to determine what our own genetic code tells us before jumping on any diet or exercise bandwagon." For example, high protein diets may be the worst thing for those with a genetic propensity for heart disease. And deciding upon a new fitness routine? Weight bearing exercise is best for those with the genetic marker linked to osteoporosis.
According to Coleman, "We've made these tests easily available and understandable because the more we know about ourselves, the more we can take care of ourselves and others."
Testing is done in the privacy of your home. Cells are captured by swabbing the inside of the cheek with a large cotton-tipped swab. The swabs are then placed inside vials and sent to Genelex for analysis. Test results are mailed back to customers in a few weeks. Genelex also offers free over the phone consultation to customers who have purchased the tests.
These tests, and other personalized DNA tests, begin at $250. Ordering a bundled package of DNA tests (these and others) runs about $1000.
More information is available on the Genelex web site, "HealthAndDNA.com," or by calling Genelex Corporation at 800-TEST-DNA.
Founded in 1987, Genelex Corporation is a comprehensive, DNA testing laboratory located in Seattle, Washington. Genelex is a CLIA licensed medical testing lab, and is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks parentage Testing Committee in DNA parentage since 1992, by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors Laboratory Accreditation Board in forensic DNA testing 1998-2002, and has contributed to the validation of
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Standard Reference Materials.