Many of you have been asking if I there are any updates in regard to Ancestry.com's new autosomal DNA test. I don't have much new information yet, but just a couple of tidbits to share:
1. Just before Christmas I received a kit from AncestryDNA with an envelope to expedite the sample back to the lab. It contained three swabs intended for collecting samples from inside the cheek and lips. The expedite request gave me the impression that they are getting close to releasing the first results.
2. Today I received a call from Ancestry.com in regard to the new DNA test. I was told that as soon as the interface is fully functional, results will begin to be released. They will not wait until they have all ~10,000 free kits processed to allow access to results, contrary to my earlier speculation.
3. Ancestry.com will not have a beta-testing period with the ~10,000 free kits before offering the test for sale to the public. I was told that the kits will be offered for sale as soon as the results start rolling in.
4. The folks at AncestryDNA are working "around the clock" to get the service ready to roll-out, more reason to suspect the first wave of results will be available very soon.
5. A contact from Illumina told me that they are not the provider of the genotyping chip in use by Ancestry.com. I was surprised since Ancestry.com has announced that (like the Illumina OmniExpress Plus Genotyping Beadchip) their test will cover 700,000 "markers". I have not received any information as to what chip they might be using from Ancestry.com. [Update - The information provided to me may have been in error and I now believe that my initial thoughts on this were correct and that Ancestry.com is using an Illumina chip.]
I am looking forward to seeing the results! Ancestry.com has made a substantial investment to enter the autosomal DNA testing market and has great potential due to the ability to attach DNA results to the already existing family trees on their site. As a result, I am optimistic that this test will be a positive addition to the current options for genetic genealogists. I will post a review of the service as soon as possible.
*Update - Check out this clip at 1:02. You can see what appears to be the Ancestry.com interface. Thanks Shannon for pointing this out!
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