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Exactly 62 years ago yesterday, Cambridge University scientists James D. Watson and Frances H.C. Crick announced they were sure that the structure of DNA was the double helix — an event “considered by many to be one of the most significant scientific discoveries of the 20th Century.”1

dna.dupTo remember that achievement, and to honor the completion in 2003 of the Human Genome Project, today continues to be recognized as National DNA Day 2 — a day that “offers students, teachers and the public many exciting opportunities to learn about the latest advances in genomic research and explore what they may mean for their lives.”

So… if you didn’t crack open the champagne yesterday, you can still celebrate today by getting your DNA tested… at some limited but still cool sales for the 2015 DNA Day.

At AncestryDNA, for US testers, the usual price of $99 for an autosomal DNA kit has been reduced to $79 until 11:59 p.m. Monday, April 27th. Shipping is extra. I hear tell that the £99 price for a test kit in the United Kingdom and Ireland is also down to £79 for this sale, but can’t confirm it because I can’t figure out how to convince Ancestry’s web servers not to automatically insist that I access through the .com site instead of the .uk site, so you’re on your own on that one.

At Family Tree DNA, the big push is for the Big Y — the just-about-everything-you-might-ever-want-to-know test for the direct paternal linme. Got to have a male for this test and it focuses less on how we group men together as part of genealogical families and more on how we tease them apart into twigs at the ends of branches of the human family tree.

It’s explained this way on the testing company website: “a direct paternal lineage test … designed … to explore deep ancestral links on our common paternal tree. It tests both thousands of known branch markers and millions of places where there may be new branch markers. We intend it for expert users with an interest in advancing science.”3

So the sale at Family Tree DNA is on the Big Y test — use coupon code DNADayBigY to take $100 off Big Y; the coupon is valid through 11:59 PM 4/30/2015, and since Family Tree DNA is in Texas, that’s likely Central Time.

And for whatever reason it doesn’t appear that 23andMe is playing along with a sale at all this DNA Day. Nothing on its website, nothing on its Facebook page. So the usual $99 price for a test kit is in effect there today.

Not as good a group of offers as we’ve seen in the past, but still not anything to sneeze at so… come on and sale away into the world of genetic genealogy. Get your DNA tested.


  1. U.S. Senate S. Con. Res. 10, 108th Congress 1st Session (27 Feb 2003).
  2. National Human Genome Research Institute, “National DNA Day” ( : accessed 24 Apr 2014).
  3. Big Y,” FTDNA Learning Center, Family Tree DNA ( : accessed 25 Apr 2015).
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