Genetic Modifications

Genetic Modifications

The Generations Network has re-entered the DNA marketplace, with Sorenson Genomics holding the door.

The Generations Network (TGN) <tgn.com> has re-entered the DNA marketplace, with Salt Lake City-based Sorenson Genomics <sorensongenomics.com> holding the door.

Sorenson is one of the country’s largest DNA testing labs, the creator of the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation (SMGF) test results database <smgf.org>, and until recently, operator of the genetic genealogy company Relative Genetics.

In June, TGN announced plans to sell Sorenson’s DNA tests through subscription site Ancestry.com <Ancestry.com >, and post Relative Genetics’ Y-Match genealogy database there (but you don’t have to be a subscriber to search the database).

Relative Genetics closed and phased out its Web site; Ancestry.com is hosting its surname projects. The DNA tests cost less than $200, and Sorenson’s labs are analyzing the samples.

Relative Genetics spokesperson Peggy Hayes says the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation database, a separate arm of Sorenson Genomics, isn’t part of this partnership. “SMGF will continue its mission as a philanthropic organization,” she says.

You may remember the GenetiKit, TGN predecessor MyFamily.com’s first foray into genetic genealogy. The GenetiKit Y-DNA test kit debuted in 2002 for $219 and faded away a few years ago.

 
From the November 2007 issue of Family Tree Magazine.

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