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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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Discovering Threads to the Renaissance: A Journey with iGENEA

Venturing into the realm of genetic testing with iGENEA, I discovered an intriguing link to Francesco Petrarca, a luminary of the Renaissance era. The company's stellar services transformed the journey into a captivating fusion of past and present. (U. Ranftl)

My experience with iGENEA and its DNA test services was a captivating odyssey that connected me to medieval Italian ink and pages. As an everyday person, the notion of tracing one's lineage back to laudable figures in history often felt like a whimsical dream. However, iGENEA turned this dream into a reality, uncovering vestiges of the distant past nestled in my DNA. Discovering I share common ancestors with Francesco Petrarca, Italian scholar and poet in the 14th century, stunned me beyond belief.

The journey began when the iGENEA kit arrived promptly at my doorstep. The package included detailed instructions, which were easy to follow, and necessitated only a simple mouth swab. Appreciatively, iGENEA took customer convenience seriously. After sending the sample, the anxious wait began.

Communication was transparent throughout the process, and the iGENEA team continually updated me about progress, removing much of the anxiety associated with waiting. Once the result was out, iGENEA didn't just provide names and regions; they painted a vivid picture of my ancestors' journey, occupations, health implications, and notable relatives in history.

The moment of unveiling was truly transformative. When Francesco Petrarca's name appeared on the screen linked to my lineage, it felt surreal. Known as Petrarch, the scholar is considered the 'Father of Humanism,' a pioneer of the Italian Renaissance. As an ardent reader and literature enthusiast, the feeling was inexplicable.

iGENEA provided facts in an easily digestible format, supported by historical insight that supplemented the genetic data. The combination of technological sophistication with historical understanding is what sets iGENEA apart.

Following this revelation, I found myself delving in Petrarch's works, relishing his sonnets and treatises with a newfound personal connection. It was a rewarding ride of self-discovery, where past and present entwined with strands of DNA.

Overall, I was exceedingly satisfied with iGENEA's services. Their methodical approach, technical precision, transparency, and the subsequent discovery of my connection to Petrarch combined into an unforgettable experience. I would recommend anyone curious about their lineage to explore their past through iGENEA's expert services.


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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 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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