The test can also be used as a DNA test for siblings to confirm if the siblings (male or female) share the same biological mother. As in the Y-chromosome, mitochondrial DNA has an infrequent mutation rate; this makes the test all the more reliable.
About mitochondrial DNA
Males do not pass the X-SV they inherited from their mother to their children. It is only females that pass their mitochindrial DNA to their male and female children. It is also important to note that the test cannot tell you the exact type of relationship between the people being tested. If two people are being tested, the test cannot tell you whether the two people are mother and son, sister and brother, grandmother and granddaughter. The test will only confirm that the two people share the same maternal line.
The cost of this test starts from as little as R4995 and depends on how many people are tested. Results are normally available between 14 to 16 business days from the moment the laboratory receives the samples.
Note: We can only guarantee standard result turnaround time when testing takes place solely using oral swab samples. Using a forensic sample for your test may lead to an increase in turnaround time.
We suggest you return samples by courier directly to our office because the local postal system has proved unreliable and we cannot be responsible for samples that do not reach us.
How do I order an MtDNA test?
At EasyDNA we offer mtDNA testing starting at only R4995.
Proceed to ordering your DNA Test. Select your test depending on how many people require testing.Once we have received confirmation of your order, we will promptly send out your kit. Using your home DNA kit you can collect samples in the privacy and comfort of your own home. Once you have completed sample collection using instructions provided in the kit, you may return them to us for lab analysis.
Your results will be ready in 14-16 working days from the moment we receive the samples. For detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to use your DNA testing kit please visit our sample collection guide page.
Our relationship testing services
EasyDNA South Africa offers a range of relationship DNA testing services. Just tell us what you wish to find out and who is available for the test and we will suggest the ideal relationship testing for your situation. Relationship DNA tests include aunt/uncle testing and grandparents testing.