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The DNA profile of Francesco Petrarca

Are you related to the Italian poet?

Find out with a DNA origin analysis from iGENEA and also compare yourself with many other famous people!

The exchanged skull in Petrarch's grave

In 2004, the remains of the 14th century poet and humanist Francesco Petrarch were exhumed. His DNA was isolated from teeth and ribs. A gender test revealed that the skull was from a woman and the ribs were from a man. Petrarch's grave was stolen in 1630, which may have been when the skull was switched. However, the rest of the skeleton could be attributed to the same person.

Francesco Petrarch belonged to haplogroup J2 in the maternal line.

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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.

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Get test kit:

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Take samples:

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Send in samples:

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