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Type Deep ancestry
Founded 2005 (as Ethnoancestry) April 2012 as BritainsDNA
Founder(s) Alistair Moffat and Dr. James Wilson
Headquarters Scotland
Area served Worldwide
Products Y-DNA SNPs, mtDNA, biogeographical ancestry

BritainsDNA and its associated companies MyDNA Global, 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. The parent company the Moffat Partnership was acquired by the Nottingham-based sequencing company SourceBioScience on 10 December 2015.[2]

BritainsDNA offers a Chromo 2 test which is available in three versions:

  • Chromo 2 Complete for Men £190 (€240; $264): Y-DNA, mtDNA and autosomal DNA with an ancestral narrative report for the Y-DNA and mtDNA haplogroups, a biogeographical analysis and tests for baldness, red hair and blue eyes
  • Chromo2 Complete for Women £160 (€203: $223): mtDNA and autosomal DNA with an ancestral narrative report for the mtDNA haplogroup, biogeographical analysis and tests for baldness, red hair and blue eyes
  • Chromo2 Raw YDNA £125 (€160; $199): Y-DNA raw data only with no ancestral narrative report[3]

The Chromo2 test uses a custom-designed Illumina chip which covers 250,000 autosomal SNPs, 14,000 Y-chromosome SNPs and 3000 mtDNA SNPs. The autosomal DNA test is known as All My Ancestry. 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.

BritainsDNA uses its own proprietary S series names for many of the Y-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.

A book written by Alistair Moffat and James Wilson entitled The Scots: A Genetic Journey, which included findings from the company's tests, was published in 2012.[4] 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

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References and footnotes

  1. Dick Ahlstrom. Discover your genetic ancestors. The Irish Times, 3 May 2012.
  2. Kennett D. Acquisition of BritainsDNA by Source BioScience. Cruwys News blog, 23 Mach 2016.
  3. Chromo2 Complete BritainsDNA website, accessed 8 May 2016.
  4. The Scots: A Genetic Journey, Birlinn website. Accessed 31 January 2013.