Save on test kits
Next Wednesday, April 25th, is National DNA Day — celebrating two of the most important milestones in the history of human genomic research.
And this year, 2018, is the 15th anniversary of the completion of the Human Genome Project and the 65th anniversary of the discovery of the DNA double helix by Cambridge University scientists James D. Watson and Frances H.C. Crick.1
Of course, only one of those events was really on that exact day, April 25th. Watson and Crick had already announced their belief that they might have determined the double-helix structure of DNA back on February 28, 1953; they then announced they were sure of it on April 25th.2 And just to keep the record completely accurate, it also wasn’t only Watson and Crick who deserve credit here– an English chemist and X-ray crystallographer named Rosalind Franklin did much of the early data modeling.3
And it was on April 14, 2003, that “the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), the Department of Energy (DOE) and their partners in the International Human Genome Sequencing Consortium announced the successful completion of the Human Genome Project.”4
But whether we should have celebrated earlier this month or back in February or waited until next week or even next February, one thing we’re all in time for: a National DNA Day celebration sale on DNA tests offered by all of the major DNA companies.
Here’s the rundown for this year’s DNA Day sales:
• AncestryDNA: Its autosomal DNA test is on sale for $59.00. Good through April 29, excludes tax and shipping. Check your country-specific websites for prices outside of the United States.
• Family Tree DNA: All of its tests — autosomal, YDNA and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) are on sale through April 28.
• The autosomal Family Finder test sale price is $49.
• The full mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) sequence, to investigate your direct maternal line (your mother’s mother’s mother, etc.), is on sale for $149.
• YDNA tests — to investigate your direct paternal line (your father’s father’s father, etc.) — are on sale, with prices depending on the number of markers chosen. The Y-37 test is sale priced at $139; the Y-67 is $209; the Y-111 is $289; and the expert-level Big Y-500 is $649. Check your email for a coupon code on the Big Y test if you’ve already tested to the Y111 level.
• Multiple test bundles are on sale for more savings. The Family Finder + Y-37 bundle is sale-priced at $179. The Family Finder + Y-67 bundle is $249. The Family Finder + mtFull Sequence bundle is $189. The Family Finder + Y-67 + mtFull Sequence bundle is $398.
• MyHeritageDNA: Its autosomal test is on sale for $69. Good through April 25, excludes shipping. Uploading of test data from other companies is still free at MyHeritage.
• 23andMe: Its autosomal tests are on sale, with the ancestry-only test down to $69 and the ancestry-and-health option down to $139. Good through April 25, excludes shipping.
• LivingDNA: Its test, which doesn’t yet offer matching but does provide autosomal, YDNA and nmtDNA data, is on sale for $79.99. Good through April 25th, excludes shipping.
Note that all prices are time-limited, so don’t delay: these tests make great Mother’s and Father’s Day gifts…
- National Human Genome Research Institute, “About National DNA Day” (http://www.genome.gov/ : accessed 22 Apr 2018). ↩
- “Feb 28, 1953: Watson and Crick discover chemical structure of DNA,” This Day in History (https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history : accessed 22 Apr 2018). ↩
- See Wikipedia (https://www.wikipedia.com), “Rosalind Franklin,” rev. 20 Apr 2018. ↩
- National Human Genome Research Institute, “The Human Genome Project Completion: Frequently Asked Questions,” (http://www.genome.gov/ : accessed 22 Apr 2018). ↩