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The Ötzi DNA Project

Are you related to the famous glacier mummy?

In 2008, the mtDNA profile of Ötzi was published. He belongs to haplogroup K1f in the maternal line, but no close relatives from this line have been found so far. In 2010, the complete genome of the glacier mummy was analysed, and the results were recently presented for the first time in Bolzano. In the paternal line, Ötzi belongs to haplogroup G2a4, a small subgroup of haplogroup G, to which about 5% of all men in Europe belong today. G2a4 makes up only a small part of group G. In Sardinia, Corsica and South Tyrol, among other places, this subgroup is still somewhat more common today.

Search for relatives living today

In the current Ötzi DNA project, we are now looking for Ötzi's closest relatives living today. To participate in the project, order an iGENEA Premium or Expert test. If your mtDNA profile or Y-DNA half group matches the result of Ötzi, you will receive a free test extension.


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Questions and answers about the DNA test

How long does a DNA origin analysis take?

After we have received the samples it normally takes 6-8 weeks for the fist results. Depending on the chosen test the result is thus already fully ready or further analysis are done.

How can I order a DNA origin analysis for someone else?

If you order and pay for a test set for somebody else online, the address of the other person under “Comments”. We will then send the collection kit to the address of this person. You can also place your order by phone or e-mail.

This is how the DNA origin analysis works

A Mucus Sample suffices to get a sample of your DNA. Taking the sample is simple and painless and can be done at home. Send the samples with the envelop included in the sampling kit.

Order test kit:

by telephone, e-mail or on the website

Get test kit:

delivery takes a few days

Take samples:

at home, simple and painless

Send in samples:

with the enclosed envelope


online after approx. 6 - 8 weeks

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