If you have taken the Mitochondrial DNA Full Genomic Sequence test, you may agree to allow your results to be contributed to science. To do so:
- Sign in to your FamilyTreeDNA account.
- In the upper-right corner of your dashboard, in your "updates" section, click on the Complete mtDNA Survey link.
- Complete the participation survey affirming that you are the person tested and that you have the right to contribute your results to science.
Once your results are used in a scientific study, that study will publish the Mitochondrial DNA Full Genomic Sequence test results in the form of a supporting data file. This includes the upload of results into the NCBI Genbank database. As part of the NCBI Genbank database, they may be accessed by anyone, including other researchers for future studies.
No. The timing of contributions being used in a study is dependent on the research needs of affiliated scientific groups and the scientific community at large.
FamilyTreeDNA does not have information on the progress or publication date of a study in advance. The scientific team may complete some studies and publish them within weeks. However, most studies take months or over a year to complete. After the study is complete and submitted for publication, the researchers may not know the publication date until it is actually published.
If another scientific team publishes a study that goes beyond the scope of the study currently in progress, the scientists will discontinue the current study.
For the scientific study, mtFull Sequence test results and your answers to the participation survey are used.
However, after your results are included in a study and uploaded to the NCBI Genbank database, they may be linked to mtDNA Community and any additional information about your ancestry should you take part in that site.
Study topics may include developments in the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) haplogroup tree and origins of haplogroups, histories of particular groups of people, research into medical conditions, and others. Many studies will combine multiple topics. For example, a study focusing on a particular population group may also expand the haplogroup tree adding to our understanding of some of its branches.
If I contribute my mtDNA results to research, will my personal information remain anonymous?
FamilyTreeDNA does not provide personal information to scientific research teams with your results beyond your answers in the participation survey.
However, it may be possible once your results are in the NCBI Genbank database for others to make a connection between your results there, your FamilyTreeDNA kit number displayed on group project webpages, your results in the mtDNA Community site, and additional information on third party sites.