STR Marker Comparison by Laboratory
Commercial Laboratories Providing DNA Services
The listing of the three commercial laboratories below does not constitute the entire industry but gives potential users an opportunity to view some typical offerings from the two most popular companies who provide this service in the United States and one company in The United Kingdom. Each of these three companies utilize the services of different laboratory facilities.
For a comparison of the Y-Chromosome STR markers offered by these three well known commercial laboratories, see Table 1 below.
Relative Genetics2495 South West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
Fax: 801-461-9761 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
James L. Sorenson, founded Relative Genetics in July 2001 after recognizing the marketplace need for a "genetic genealogy" company who marries genealogy with DNA testing. For additional information, visit the Relative Genetics web site at http://www.relativegenetics.com
Relative Genetics utilizes the laboratory services of Sorenson Genomics.
In addition to the premium genetic genealogy service, Relative Genetics also currently provides a standard 26 marker Y-Chromosome DNA test which is priced at $155 for individuals or surname groups. A 43 marker test has been made available by Sorenson Genomics to affiliates but has not been announced nor priced yet by Relative Genetics. See Table 1 below for marker specifics.
Relative Genetics provides the primary laboratory testing for the Lindsay Surname DNA Project.
Family Tree DNA, Inc.1919 North Loop West, Suite 110 Houston, Texas 77008 USA Phone: (713) 828-4200 Fax: (713) 868-4584 Bennett Greenspan, President E-Mail: info@FamilyTreeDNA.com
Family Tree DNA Inc. offers both Y-Chromosome and mtDNA analyses. Their Y-Chromosome offerings are a 12, 25 or 37 marker tests, with upgrades. Quoted pricing for the 12 marker test is $159 for individuals and $99 for groups. Quoted pricing for the 25 marker test is $229 for individuals and $169 for groups. Quoted pricing for the 37 marker test is $289 for individuals and $229 for groups.
FTDNA price also includes archival storage of the DNA for future usage. For more information, visit the Family Tree DNA web site at http://www.familytreedna.com See Table 1 below for marker specifics.
Family Tree DNA has partnered with Dr. Michael Hammer of the University of Arizona in providing professional genetic expertise and the laboratory testing. Dr. Hammer's University of Arizona web site can be found at http://www.arl.arizona.edu/lmse/staff/hammer.html
Oxford AncestorsInstitute of Molecular Medicine University of Oxford OX3 9DS, England E-mail: email@example.com
For more information, visit the Oxford Ancestors web site at http://www.oxfordancestors.com
Oxford Ancestors is associated with Dr. Bryan Sykes, a professor of human genetics at Oxford University and international lecture guest. Dr. Sykes established the Institute of Molecular Medicine as a genealogical venture in partnership with Oxford University.
See Table 1 below for specifics. Current pricing of the Oxford Ancestors offering is not known.
Y-Chromosome STR Marker Systems Comparison By Laboratory
The information in this table was last updated: April 19, 2004.
* Analyzing DYS389-1 & DYS389-2 Marker Mutations
You need to use caution in counting mutations for Y-chromosome marker DYS389. In analyzing the data for this marker it is important to remember the following in your analysis of loci DYS389-1 and DYS389-2 matches and mismatches.
Comparing Marker DYS389 Values From the Various Laboratories.
Values for DYS389-1 and DYS389-2 from both Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) and Relative Genetics laboratories are comparable. In order to compare Oxford Ancestors values for DYS389 to values from FTDNA and Relative Genetics, you must first convert the OA values by doing the following.
First add the numeric value three (3) to the Oxford Ancestors value for DYS389-1. This represents the comparable DYS389-1. Next add the new DYS389-1 value from the preceding exercise to the Oxford Ancestors value for DYS389-2 minus DYS389-1. This becomes the comparable value for DYS389-2. Example: if your Oxford Ancestors numbers are 9 and 15, you would use 12 and 27 for comparison to FTDNA and Relative Genetics values for marker DYS389.
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