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Ancestry.com discontinuing mtdna and Ydna results

Ancestry.com discontinuing mtdna and Ydna results

Posted: 6 Jun 2014 4:19PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 6 Jun 2014 4:26PM GMT
Word is that starting in Sept 2014 Ancestry.com customers will no longer have access to their mtdna and Ydna results. Will the dna samples be preserved by the company? I have family members who tested but have since died and those samples are all that is left. I would like to upgrade a mtdna sample to the autosomal test. I hope Ancestry.com will offer this.

Re: Ancestry.com discontinuing mtdna and Ydna results

Posted: 6 Jun 2014 4:24PM GMT
Classification: Query
My understanding from CeCe Moore's blog is that the samples will be destroyed and cannot be returned to the family.

See http://www.yourgeneticgenealogist.com

Q: What will happen to the stored DNA samples associated with these tests?
A: The stored DNA associated with these tests will be destroyed.

Q: Can the stored DNA be returned to the testers or their families rather than being destroyed?
A: No.

Jim

Re: Ancestry.com discontinuing mtdna and Ydna results

Posted: 6 Jun 2014 8:40PM GMT
Classification: Query

Re: Ancestry.com discontinuing mtdna and Ydna results

Posted: 7 Jun 2014 4:31PM GMT
Classification: Query
Not saving samples or offering the autosomal test before discarding the samples seems so unprofessional. It's what you expect of a fly-by-night company, not Ancestry.com. I suppose that since the Europeans bought out the company this is the European version of customer service. I think that the Utah based Americans were much more committed to genealogy in its various forms then these European businessmen are.

Re: Ancestry.com discontinuing mtdna and Ydna results

Posted: 7 Jun 2014 8:42PM GMT
Classification: Query
Ancestry was bought by Permira, a private equity firm. Their goal is not to make Ancestry better. The goal is to get as much cash out of it as they can. Sad, really.

Re: Ancestry.com discontinuing mtdna and Ydna results

Posted: 7 Jun 2014 10:53PM GMT
Classification: Query
Let's not slam customer service in the entirety of Europe or any other region because some suits are more interested in what's easiest and cheapest than what's in the best interest of the customers. That behavior knows no borders.

Nor can we hold up the "Utah(-)based Americans" as an example of genealogical commitment; they were willing to sell without bothering to safeguard the irreplaceable DNA.

Re: Ancestry.com discontinuing mtdna and Ydna results

Posted: 8 Jun 2014 12:39AM GMT
Classification: Query
Ancestry has never guaranteed the storage of their Y-DNA/mt-DNA samples. Those of us who transferred from Relative Genetics knew this. However, the accuracy of testing at Sorenson Genomics was a primary consideration at the time.

The low-res mt-DNA test is largely a waste of money. You can get hi-res female haplogroups from autosomal testing at 23andMe. If a researcher wants to use it in a genealogical time frame, he would need to take the full-sequence test at FTDNA. However, it is of very limited value, due to the generational surname change on the distaff side.

The next step in Y-DNA testing is the full-sequence test. I doubt that there is a enough DNA left at Ancestry/Sorenson for these tests. It is likely that researchers will need to recruit other participants to replace the DNA of deceased project members. There is also possibly a legal problem with using a deceased's DNA. FTDNA has done much to address the problem.

I applaud Ancestry's decision to concentrate on paper documentation and autosomal testing. I have been involved with DNA testing since 2000. It is very effective at determining which people may be related. or, more importantly, not possibly related. However, in the end, we need paper documentation to determine the exact relationship.
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