Again, even though this database is not yet created I am happy to take any offspring (or donors) DNA results and add them to our growing list which I will manually scan for matches for the time being. Remember, the more people in the database means the more likely you will find a match! Like UKDL, this is going to take years likely, before we actually find success, but Damian and I are confident that with such technology and accessibility available, the chances of adult offspring finding relatives will be greatly increased!
Please email me if you are interested in contributing your DNA results.
PLEASE NOTE: We are not capable of performing the actual DNA test!!! Email me and I'd be happy to recommend several DNA testing companies that I have personally worked with.
What we are trying to provide is a way to eliminate the unnecessary multiple-testing of individuals trying to find their donor families.
For example, I did 3 paternity tests (all negative) and one siblingship test (negative), but I received results for each of these tests. My mom was tested on the siblingship test, which provided her alleles and thus by process of elimination the allele inherited from my donor was deciphered. When I was contacted by my [now] half-sister's mom with her DNA tests from 2 paternity tests, I compared both of our results and was able to determine with considerable accuracy that she and I held a probability of being siblings upwards of 90% - and this was with several marker alleles missing in the original tests! This led us to perform a true professional siblingship DNA test. When the results came back we were considered sisters with 99.8% probability!
We want to provide a way to save individuals money, time, and heartache, by performing the calculations on previous DNA samples to determine if there is even a chance in hell that the two said individuals are related. We promise to inform any individuals that score over 50% probability (combined siblingship index of 1.0) of their potential match. This is because we understand that siblingship tests are inherently inconclusive, and it should be up to the said individuals to determine if they need extra testing, or want to exclude the possibility of being siblings.
See previous posts regarding what DNA tests are in general (Whatcha gonna do with all that junk in your...DNA), and more about siblingship tests and what all the numbers mean (To test or not to test...DNA half siblingship tests, and Even more about DNA half-siblingship tests)
Remember: United States Court of Law states that a probability at or above 90% is considered admissible in court. The UK DonorLink holds a much stricter view, at 99% probability. Thus, individuals who are a part of the UKDL project may in fact have a match with whom they have NOT be informed of!!!