Genebase Systems Inc.

Genebase Systems Inc.
Genetrack Biolabs Inc.

Genetrack Biolabs Inc.

November 02, 2006 09:01 ET

Tracing Ancestry to Marie Antoinette is now a Piece of Cake With DNA

By participating in the DNA Ancestry Project, members of the public can now trace their lineage to one of the most legendary personalities in history

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 2, 2006) - Her very name has a way of capturing the imagination, eliciting images of pedigree, pageantry, and eating cake.

Born to European royalty, married off at age 14, and sent to a country she'd never been to, Marie Antoinette is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating historical figures from the 18th Century.

With the release of a new movie on the ill-fated Queen of France by director Sofia Coppola, interest in Marie Antoinette has never been higher. And now, anyone in the world can see if they are linked to her: Genebase Systems has come up with a novel way of exploring your relationship to Marie Antoinette through the DNA Ancestry Project.

"There's no doubt that she is one of the most famous names in history," comments Dr. J. Wong of Genebase. "The Project traces your lineage with that of Marie Antoinette's. It's a feature that allows you to take part in all the interest about this historical figure - by signing up, you can see your part in the whole story, as well as how you tie into it."

The DNA Ancestry Project (www.DNAAncestryProject.com) features a basic genetic test that can show if you belong to the same family line as the famous French queen. "We'll show you the 'fork in the road,' where your lineage branches off from hers - whether it's 10 generations ago, 10,000 years ago, or even more. We're all linked to Marie Antoinette in some way."

The project is just one novel approach The DNA Ancestry Project takes in combining genetics with genealogy, America's Number One hobby. The use of genetic testing has largely supplanted historical knowledge gained from traditionally documented sources, allowing you to search for your roots with unprecedented breadth and accuracy. And by putting it all on the Internet, Genebase Systems brings that power to virtually anyone with access to a computer.

"In the case of Marie Antoinette, it all started with DNA obtained from a simple lock of her hair," says Dr. Wong, "and in recent years, her ancestral DNA sequence was determined and made available to the scientific community, but up until now, that genetic information has never been relevant to the general public the way it is with The DNA Ancestry Project. We make it possible for people to see exactly how they are a part of the Marie Antoinette legacy."

DNA projects from other legendary figures are being added all the time. "We have also set up projects using DNA from many other famous people such as the Romanovs, Jesse James, and Genghis Khan," describes Dr. Wong. "We're making use of this knowledge and allowing anyone in the world to match their family lines with all of these historical figures. The Project is ongoing, and once you join, you will be able to participate in these features and much more."

Seeing if you're part of history with the DNA Ancestry Project is, indeed, a piece of cake. You can sign up for an account at www.DnaAncestryProject.com, and submit a simple and painless cheek swab to GeneBase's laboratory for testing and inclusion in the project.

"We are moving the science of genetics away from the labs and into the hands of ordinary people."

The DNA Ancestry Project is powered by GeneBase, and sponsored by Genetrack Biolabs Inc. Genetrack Biolabs is a world acclaimed ISO 17025 and AABB accredited DNA facility. Other services offered by Genetrack Biolabs include medical and forensic tests. For more information and to purchase a kit, please visit www.DNAAncestryProject.com.

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