Relative Genetics Refines Web Site
News Sep 13, 2005
Relative Genetics has announced the release of its refined Web site. The site combines significantly enhanced functionality with increased usability.
Relative Genetics has been providing genetic testing services to the public since 2001 for the purpose of extending family history information.
Relative Genetics has made this technology readily available to anyone interested in genealogy as well as to the professional genealogist.
The Relative Genetics Web site is navigated through three main portals on the home page. Using these portals, visitors will find simple access to a comprehensive learning center, product listings and explanations, and fully interactive search features.
The site's learning center is designed to provide basic and in-depth information about DNA, genetic testing and the field of genetic genealogy.
Once a person has experienced the learning center, then tests may be ordered from the product listing pages.
DNA cheek cell collection kits are shipped within 48 hours; clients may return the swab specimens through regular mail or via an overnight carrier.
Testing is conducted in an accredited on-site, high capacity genetic testing facility and the results, in the case of the Y-chromosome paternal lineage test, are uploaded directly to the Relative Genetics database and the Web site.
Individuals may then choose to "login" and view their results online. Results are kept confidential and are only released to other Web site users at the discretion of the client or project coordinator.
Y-chromosome paternal line test results in the Relative Genetics database can now be searched using the Y-Match™ or Exact Y-Match™ search engines.
These two search functions will allow clients to identify other individuals with whom they may have a close genealogical connection.
The improved flexibility of the Web site is designed to allow individuals to create projects, participate as members in multiple projects, and accept project members who have been tested by organizations other than Relative Genetics.
Web site visitors are also granted convenient, effective access to the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation database.
The flagship product of the Relative Genetics site is the paternal lineage Y-chromosome 43 marker test.
Relative Genetics makes available its complete line of DNA testing services, including maternal lineage analysis using mitochondrial DNA, ancestral origins testing, and extended family testing for establishing biological relationships, such as grand-parentage, sibling-ship, and cousin-ship.
"This new site represents a major step forward in our commitment to provide the most comprehensive genetic genealogy tools available to help our users explore their family histories, genetic relationships and identities," said Kathie Knoll, director of product development for Relative Genetics.
"We are fully dedicated to maximizing the functionality and usability of the Relative Genetics site, and encourage the general public to make full use of the new site and begin to experience this great new technology that is being made available for the genealogical community."
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