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Kimberly Powell

Celebrate DNA Day!

By April 25, 2014

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DNA Day 2014Fifty-one years ago today, James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, and Rosalind Franklin published landmark papers in the journal Nature on the structure of DNA. In honor of their work and to commemorate the near completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003, April 25th is recognized as DNA Day.

2014 Y-DNA Haplotree Launch
FamilyTreeDNA is launching the anticipated 2014 Y-DNA Haplotree today at 9:00 a.m. Central, and even hosting a free webinar @ 12:00 p.m. Central to help with the transition. Elise Friedman will provide a demonstration of the new tree and more details about the update. If you can't make the live webinar, all FamilyTreeDNA webinars are recorded and posted on their website within 24 hours.

Not sure what the big deal is about? The 2014 Y-DNA Haplotree was created in conjunction with the National Geographic Genographic Project using the proprietary GenoChip 2.o which tests approximately 10,000 Y-DNA SNPs that had not, at the time, been phylogenetically classified. According to FamilyTreeDNA, the team used the first 50,000 male samples with the highest quality results to determine SNP positions, along with additional data. As a result, the 2014 Haplotree is said to have expanded from 400 to 1000 terminal branches, as well as getting a new design.

DNA Test Sales!
Ancestry has discounted their AncestryDNA test (autosomal) from $99 to $79 through April 27. Combine this with the FREESHIPDNA coupon and save on the $9.95 shipping fee as well. If you miss the sale deadline, you can also purchase the AncestryDNA test through their Mother's Day gifts for $89 through May 11.

FamilyTreeDNA is offering a 20% discount sale on the Y-DNA 37 test and Y-DNA SNPs (only) through April 29th at 1:59 p.m. Central. If you do order a Y-DNA test, look for a surname project or geographical project to benefit from an additional project discount.

Have questions about which test you should order, or which company to go with? See Which DNA Test Should I Take? and Which DNA Testing Company Should I Use?

More DNA Day Fun

  • If you're a student, leading geneticist Dr. Spencer Wells is leading a genetic hangout at 3:00 p.m. Eastern today on Google+ in collaboration with Google Connected Classroom. YouTube star Alex Dainis (of Bite SCI-zed) will lead the discussion.
  • Follow National DNA Day on Facebook and Twitter
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