Friday, April 19, 2013

Mitochondrial Test now on Sale

Mitochondrial DNA tests may taken by both women and men to trace their direct maternal lines. Tests for less than full the full mitochondrial sequence are useful for deep ancestry (haplogroup) identification. However, a full sequence test is needed to narrow results to those with whom you may have matches with others within genealogical times---the last few hundred years during which we have surnames and written records. An exact match on a full mitochondrial test is thought to mean you have a 50% chance of having a common ancestress within the last 5 generations. Lower levels of testing -- even with an exact match -- only indicate you have a 50% of a common ancestress within the last 700 to 1,400 years. Most of us do not have any idea who our ancestress are that far back. :-) Therefore, a full sequence test is the only mitochondrial test that may advance your genealogical research. Lower level tests might DISprove a match but they would not prove a common ancestress had lived within recent centuries.

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  1. Here is the list of all tests under the promotion:
    Full MtDNA Sequence…. $189
    Upgrades to FMS….$129
    Y-DNA37 (new and add-on)…. $119
    Y-DNA67 (new and add-on)…. $199
    Y-DNA37 + Full MtDNA Sequence…. $308
    Y-DNA12 + FF…. $218
    Y-DNA37 + FF…. $288
    Y-DNA67 + FF…. $368
    Family Finder.... $169
    Family Finder + Full MtDNA Sequence…. $358
    SuperDNA….$388 (Y-67 + FMS)
    Comprehensive DNA…. $557 (Y-67 + FMS + FF)
    The sale will begin tonight, April 18th, at 6PM CDT and will conclude at 11:59PM CDT on Monday April 22nd. All orders must be placed and paid for by the end of the sale to receive the promotional price.






In 2006, Family Tree DNA pioneered the use of mitochondrial (mtDNA) full sequences to solve maternal genealogical puzzles and to produce the deepest maternal haplogroups in the industry. At that time, only a few academic researchers were using the power of the mtDNA full sequence for anthropological studies.
Now 7 years later, all serious academic researchers use mtDNA full sequences for their maternal lineage research. Several prestigious institutions send their DNA samples to Family Tree DNA for complete mtDNA sequencing.
Knowing that this testing level is the best value for genealogy, we have preferred to see the mtDNA full sequencing used for all genealogical purposes. However, limited lab capacity forced us to use pricing as a mechanism to control the number of orders we receive. That’s about to change!
We are proud to announce we have moved our Full Sequencing line from Sanger DNA sequencing to what is called Next Generation Sequencing (NGS). This gives us much greater capacity to process tests, to reduce costs without sacrificing quality, and to ensure shorter turnaround times.
We must run the entire sequence every time we process an mtDNA full sequence test, even for upgrades. However, in celebration of this advance- and National DNA Day – we’re offering our lowest price ever for upgrades to FMS.
For a limited time, whether you’ve tested HVR1 or HVR1+2, you’ll be able to upgrade to the Full Sequence for just $129!
Rather than the 8-10 weeks first generation sequencing required, we expect your results to be completed within 5-6 weeks. This does depend on the number of orders received though. If their DNA is already at our lab, those who order first may expect even shorter turnaround times.
By upgrading to the mtDNA Full Sequence, you can see your matches at the highest resolution possible since this test sequences the entire mtDNA genome. If you belong to a subclade of your haplogroup, you’ll see that information, too. You also will be able to share your sample with the academic community at (Sharing is voluntary-some consider this a benefit!)

Bennett Greenspan
Family Tree DNA