23andMe News and Tidbits:
23andMe recognizes Relative Finder as the company's most engaging feature. This is good news for customers interested in Ancestry tools. In the coming weeks at 23andMe, Relative Finder will undergo the following key improvements:
1. 23andMe will be launching a new interface for Relative Finder. It will display the birthplaces, current locations and ancestral locations (if provided) of anonymous matches. (I am told that I will be a beta-tester, so I will post screenshots when/if that happens.)
2. 23andMe customers will be able to sort their matches by mtDNA and Y-DNA haplogroups, most likely by the end of the month.
3. 23andMe customers will be able to report confirmed relationships for their predicted matches.
23andMe just had a paper on their Parkinson's Disease research accepted for publication in PLoS Genetics. (No news on publication date yet.)
23andMe's total number* of individuals likely to self-identify as:
1000 African American
5500 East Asian
3400 South Asian
4900 Southern European
6200 Ashkenazi Jewish
56,000 Northern European
1,000 First generation from two continents
*These numbers are as of April 2011 and, obviously, approximate. JM-"In general, these are non-overlapping sets, but there are some individuals who do not fall into any of these categories."
|Slide presented on June 11 at SCGS Jamboree 2011 |
Courtesy Katherine Borges
Joanna is "very optimistic" about the future of full sequencing for the Y-chromosome and expects it to happen "very soon", however 23andMe has no plans to offer a separate Y-chromosome sequencing product.
FTDNA News and Tidbits:
1. The 2011 FTDNA DNA Administrator's Conference will be held November 5th and 6th in Houston.
2. FTDNA has found previously undiscovered mutations in ~10% of all new Full Sequence mtDNA samples.
3. FTDNA sold 200 "Walk the Y" tests during their last sale. So far they have completed 100 of these samples and found 140 new SNPs. The "Walk the Y" tests take five times more plate space than the Full Sequence mtDNA tests. As a result, FTDNA can run only two of these tests per day.
4. FTDNA is still planning to allow uploads of 3rd party data to their Family Finder database. (Very soon!)
5. FTDNA has shipped out over 207,000 kits since inception and 406,000 kits have been sold by National Geographic. FTDNA has 208,000 unique Y-DNA results and 128,703 unique mtDNA results in their database.
6. FTDNA's Population Finder uses 64 reference populations.
I hope you learned something new. I know I did!