21 February 2011

Family Tree DNA Sale - Walk Through the Y

Another SALE at Family Tree DNA.....

This message was sent to all the Haplogroup Administrators today....♠

Dear Haplogroup Project Administrator,

Family Tree DNA is excited to announce our Walk Through the Y sale! Based on recent improvements in our testing capabilities, and in order to spearhead further research in our field, we are pleased to offer our first discount on Walk Through the Y.

This test will be offered for a very limited time to approved applicants for $500 (normally $750). Please note, this special pricing will only be available to customers who elect to have their results made public.

Walk Through the Y is an advanced sequencing test focused on the discovery of new haplogroup-defining SNPs (Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms) on the Y chromosome. Walk Through the Y goes beyond the scope of deep clade testing, offering customers the opportunity to participate in testing at the forefront of Y chromosome DNA research. This research can expedite the discovery of SNPs that help subdivide haplogroups, information that is fundamental to the continued success of our Y-DNA haplogroup projects.

Due to the advanced nature of this test, Walk Through the Y is by application only. Interested members can fill out application form here.

To read more about Walk Through the Y, including information about who to test, please read through our frequently asked questions.

See: Family Tree DNA

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10 February 2011

Family Tree DNA Announces New Illumina Omni Platform!

Family Tree DNA just announced:

Dear Customer,

Family Tree DNA is pleased to announce a new and exciting development!

Family Tree DNA is changing our Family Finder test to the Illumina Omni platform.

This new platform will allow us better opportunities for upgrades in the future. For this platform change to occur, we must retest your sample using our new Illumina OmniExpress system.

Because your kit 175114, has previously tested with Family Finder, you are eligible for a FREE early Family Finder conversion to the new system. Beginning with those who sign up first, the entire Family Finder database will be converted. Follow these steps to sign up now:

1. Go to www.familytreedna.com
2. Log in to your personal page with your kit number and password
3. Click on the alert box at the top of the page
4. Follow the "Click here" link to sign up

Those who sign up by Wednesday, February 16th, can expect results from the conversion within 2 to 3 weeks. We expect our entire Family Finder database to be converted in approximately 6 to 8 weeks. Your existing Family Finder results will continue to be available in your account until the everyone has been converted.

Do I need to submit more DNA? In most cases, we have enough DNA remaining from your initial Family Finder test. If we do not, we will send you a new collection kit.

How will this affect my Family Finder results? There will be little to no effect on the results of your Family Finder test. The testing platform change will allow us to offer more options for future testing.

What if I don't sign up? Your results will still be rerun using the new Illumina platform. However, you will be retested only after those who have signed up for the conversion.

What if my results have not come in yet? If your results are pending then your test is already being run using the new Illumina platform.

May I sign up for someone else? Yes, if you are the primary account manager for the kit. However, project administrators may not sign up on behalf of a project member without the member's permission.

For other questions or more details about the Family Finder test, please see our Family Finder FAQ

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