NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The family history-sharing website GeneTree will offer discounted DNA profiles to individuals who have contributed DNA samples and genealogical charts to the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation’s database through a joint agreement, GeneTree said today.
The company said the agreement with SMGF will give those individuals who donated materials to the database before the end of 2007 access to mitochondrial DNA profiles that they can use to seek potential genetic relatives and to learn more about how their profiles fit into the “greater human genetic story” on the GeneTree website.
The discount gives donors their DNA profiles for a rate of $19.50, compared with the $99 or $149 the company generally charges for the service. GeneTree launched its web service in October 2007.
The SMGF started the database in 2000, and it currently contains DNA samples from nearly 100,000 people and has more than six million corresponding genealogical records from over 170 countries.
Both the company and the foundation are based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The GeneTree website was developed by the Sorenson family of companies.