What is Genebase?
Genebase.com is the world’s first online personal genomics DNA database built on a Web 2.0 platform. Since 2005, Genebase has been connecting Users from around the world through DNA and now has a membership of over 675,000 Users from around the world. Using personal genomics, Users can find out more about their past and learn more about their present and future.
Genebase offers a wide panel of personal genomics assays which allows people to use DNA to find out more about themselves. One of Genebase’s best known products, “The DNA Ancestry Project” is a branch of personal genomics which allows Users to look into their past using their own DNA ancestral markers. The DNA Ancestry Project is a Online CD ROM software kit which is available in leading software retailers worldwide. Using the The DNA Ancestry Project, Users can conduct genetic genealogy research through User-to-User connections and User-to-Laboratory data source connections provided in Genebase.
Once participants obtain their DNA markers through Genebase, participation in many of the search and analysis features of the project is free. Genebase aims to connect Users with new developments in personal genomics and represents the first database in the world to provide a direct link from Users to the data from up-to-date scientific studies.
Until now, the information and data from major scientific breakthroughs from universities and research institutions are well kept secrets and usually only appear in top scientific journals and are not readily accessible to the general public. Genebase publishes news headlines from top scientific discoveries as they happen, and immediately places the DNA data from such studies into the Genebase archaeology database, allowing the data to become available for searching and comparison by project members. Finding a match in the scientific databases can help users to make new discoveries and family connections across many generations.
Genebase also contains a “deep ancestry” database (for tracing lineage back tens of thousands of years) as well as an “indigenous DNA” database (for Users to discover which indigenous populations in the world most closely matches their own DNA.
The Genebase User database also allows Users to network with people around the world using their DNA and continues to grow as membership grows.
The Genebase network is based on unique genetic linkages between family members, made possible by the Genebase web 2.0 family tree, the world’s first family tree social network. The Genebase family tree feature automatically links various family lineages together to facilitate collaborative studies between different family members to uncover the roots of different lines of the family tree and discover the inheritance of genetic traits.
Genebase contains the following database types:
- Y-DNA STR Database - For tracing surnames and ancestry on the paternal line.
- Y-DNA SNP Database - For tracing deep ancestry on the paternal line.
- mtDNA mutation/SNP Database - For tracing ancestry on the maternal line.
- mtDNA sequence Database - For full mtDNA analysis and comparisons.
- Autosomal STR Database - For tracing lost family, family reunifications
- Indigenous DNA database - For tracing ancestry to native population groups around the world.
- Archaeology Database - For comparisons with scientific studies from around the world.
The Genebase database facilitates the comparison of data between active users in the system to allow users to link up to other users and the system to look for matches, discover connections and looks for geographical or ethnic correlations.
User-to-Scientific Studies Analysis
This novel Genebase feature allows users to connect their data to findings from the latest scientific studies and research data. As new findings emerge from various fields of study, the database will facilitate the interaction of users with the findings of the study so that users can see how the studies can shed light on their own data.
Who can join?
Genebase is absolutely free, and anyone can join. To participate in DNA features, Users must first have their DNA markers tested at Genebase. Once the results are available, Users will automatically have free access to wide variety of DNA search and analysis tools at Genebase.
History of the DNA Ancestry Project
2005 - Genebase Database Launched
Clients required a method to compare their DNA results with other clients. Genebase launches the world’s first personal genomics DNA social networking site: a Web 2.0 platform that allows DNA testing recipients to interact with each other and to compare and network using DNA data. Genebase launches the world’s first web 2.0 family tree.
August 2006 - Genebase 2.0 version developed
The second version of Genebase was developed to accommodate a larger panel of Y-DNA SNPs, and mtDNA data. The official launch of version 2.0 was held back pending completion of the GEDCOM feature. Genebase membership reaches over 200,000.
May 2007 - Genebase 2.0 version launched
The newest version of Genebase is GEDCOM compatible and the database accommodates Y-DNA and mtDNA data, SNPs and full sequences.
March 2008 - Genebase has over 675,000 active Users from around the world and is the world’s largest personal genomics DNA social networking site.