Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Holiday Sale on DNA Tests

Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) has announced its 2012 holiday sale prices on almost all tests. What a wonderful gift for the family!

There are four different types of DNA testing available to the general public today. What you want to learn determines which test to take.

1. Y-DNA: Males only can test their paternal line -- father to his father to his father... to his fatrher. This is the first test  for genealogy and all males, especially the oldest in a line, should have at least 37 markers tested. There are surname projects at FTDNA for you to join in order to make best use of these tests and to join others with the same or similar surnames in learning about common ancestors. You also learn on which limb of the tree of mankind you fit.

2. mtDNA: Both males and females can test their maternal line -- mother to her mother to her mother... to her mother. The HVR1 test determines the maternal line haplogroup; HVR2 cab help you find others who may share a common maternal ancestor many hundreds or thousands of years ago; FGS (also known as Mega or mt Full Sequence) can help you find more recent cousins in that line. With any of these tests, you learn a little about your deep maternal ancestry.

3. atDNA: Both males and females use the Family Finder test to find cousins who are related up to about the 5th degree. These autosomal tests rely upon how much actual DNA you and your relatives have inherited from a common ancestor as a result of the random inheritance that occurs in each generation. (We inherit approximately one-half from each parent, 1/4 from each grandparent, 1/8 from each great grandparent, etc.) atDNA tests are also offered by 23andMe and Ancestry.com with some differences.

4. Geno 2.0: While not offered by FTDNA directly, this test is sold by the National Geographic as an advanced test to determine geographic origins. (It was developed by FTDNA scientists in conjunction with the National Geographic/Genographic project and tests are run in the FTDNA labs.)

Note that orders must be placed and paid for by December 31st to obtain the prices shown below:

New KitsCurrent PriceSALE PRICE
Y-DNA 37$169$119
Y-DNA 67$268$199
mtDNAPlus$159$139
mtFullSequence (FMS)$299$199
SuperDNA (Y-DNA 67 and mtFullSequence)$548$398
Family Finder$289$199
Family Finder + mtDNAPlus$438$318
Family Finder + mtFullSequence$559$398
Family Finder + Y-DNA 37$438$318
Comprehensive (FF + FMS + Y-67)$837$597
UpgradesCurrent PriceSALE PRICE
Y-Refine 12-25 Marker$59$35
Y-Refine 12-37 Marker$109$69
Y-Refine 12-67 Marker$199$148
Y-Refine 25-37 Marker$59$35
Y-Refine 25-67 Marker$159$114
Y-Refine 37-67 Marker$109$79
Y-Refine 37-111 Marker$220$188
Y-Refine 67-111 Marker$129$109
mtHVR1toMega$269$179
mtHVR2toMega$239$179
mtFullSequence Add-on$289$199
To order this special offer, log in to your personal page and click on the Order An Upgrade button in the upper right corner. A link to the login page is provided below. ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED AND PAID FOR BY MONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2012 11:59:00 PM CST TO RECEIVE THE SALE PRICES.

Log In to Order an Upgrade.
Click Here to Order a New Kit.

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