Here is an interesting link for an Ireland-based commercial genetic genealogy testing company called Ireland DNA that offers atDNA (autosomal) testing to the general public:http://www.dnaireland.ie/dna-origins/
The company presents an interesting research question, with a not-so-obvious answer that may surprise some: “If you’re Irish, you might expect to be 100% European? Well the data gathered so far suggests that only about 4% of the Irish population have “pure” 100% European DNA. Could this part of the Irish population be remnants of our Celtic forefathers? This European population is also represented by populations in the Middle East and South Asia.”
Like other popular commercial genetic genealogy testing companies Ireland DNA analyzes AIMs (Ancestry Informative Markers) to calculate percentages of predicted ancient biogeogrpahic ethnic origins, excerpted as follows.
“The DNA Origins test looks at the four founding populations. That is:”
· European including Middle Easterner and South Asians
· Sub-Saharan African
· East Asian including Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Pacific Islanders
· Indigenous American including North, South and Central Native Americans
This is a fascinating and interesting genetic genealogy website for anyone interesting ijn exploring their Irish ancestry or background from an genetic genealogy perspective-highly recommended.