I was attempting to finish an article about the Family Tree DNA conference this past weekend and include special conference sale price information, but it looks like that article just isn’t going to happen right now.
Typically, the conference is held in November, so the Holiday Sale begins the last day of the conference. That’s not the case this year, so Bennett announced a special sale just for conference attendees, project members, and through me, you too! Read on, because these sale prices are NOT available to the general public although you can certainly share with your families.
Thank you Bennett!!!
The good news is that while I realize I just can’t get that article written right now, I’m providing the sale price information which is only valid through month end. These are really good prices.
- $30 off Family Finder ($49) – Use Code: GGC19FF
- $50 off Y-37 ($119) – Use Code: GGC19Y37
- $70 off Y-67 ($198) – Use Code: GGC19Y67
- $70 off Y-111 ($289) – Use Code: GGC19Y111
- $200 off Big Y-700 meaning have never taken any Y DNA test ($449) – Use Code: GGC19BIGY
- $50 off MtFull Sequence ($149) – Use Code: GGC19MTFULL
If have taken one of the Y DNA STR tests, have never taken the Big Y-500 but want to upgrade from an existing 12, 25, 37, 67 or 111 marker STR test to the Big Y-700, here are the upgrade codes:
All coupons codes expire March 31, 2019 and may not be used in conjunction with other promocodes, discounts, or offers.
Big Y-700 Upgrade – $179
The greatly anticipated Big Y-700 upgrade is now available.
In addition to the above sale prices for purchases, Bennett is offering the introductory upgrade price to move from the Y-500 to the Y-700 at just $179 through the end of the month. I was actually very surprised to see the price this low since it’s an actual rerun.
Family Tree DNA reviews each order to assure that enough DNA remains for the test. If not, they will reach out to you before processing begins to request another vial. If the tester is deceased, meaning they can’t provide an additional sample, please notify Family Tree DNA so that they can flag the sample for special handling in the lab, if necessary.
I wrote about the Big Y-700 here. If you want to read the scientific nitty-gritty, the Big Y-700 white paper is here. The white paper refers to the Big Y and compared to the Big Y-700. The Big Y is the same test as the Big Y-500, the difference being that Family Tree DNA added the additional STR markers for free (totaling 500) for all testers who had taken the Big Y and renamed the test at that time to Big Y-500.
To recap the benefits of a Big Y-700 as compared to the Big Y-500:
- Big Y-700 provides 50% increase in quality SNPs over Big Y-500
- Provides quality reads of Y chromosome regions not previously available
- An additional 200 STR markers bringing the total from at least 500 to at least 700
- Better coverage meaning fewer no-reads
Note that with the improved sequencing technology, it’s possible that men run on the Big Y-700 platform may not exactly match men run on the earlier Big Y-500 platform. If you’re working with a group of men who you “need” to be on the exact same platform in order to derive family lineages, then you’ll want all of the men on the same platform so you are comparing apples to apples. In the case of the Estes project, I’m hoping that the new technology will further divide my roughly 10 Big-Y men into distinct lineages in order to provide increased granularity.
I know that the price will increase after month-end and I don’t want anyone left behind. With my luck, the man I don’t upgrade will of course be the one with a newly-to-be-discovered mutation that I need.
If you are interested in upgrading from an existing Big Y-500 to a Big Y-700, there is no code needed. Click here to sign in to your account and then click on the upgrade button on your Y-DNA section of your personal page.
You’ll then see the Big Y-700 upgrade, but only at this price for a few more days.
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