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June 7th, 2020 at 7:42 pm

Update on DNA Project

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The following update was sent to DNA Project Administrators:

Dear Group Project Administrators,

We are excited to announce the following updates that we will begin releasing today, June 5th, and in the coming weeks.
myOrigins 3.0

We have nearly tripled the number of populations in Family Finder’s myOrigins report! We will release a white paper in the coming months that will include the science behind the new myOrigins, but here is a little information about the new populations.

New Populations
The new myOrigins includes 90 reference populations sourced from 8,053 individual samples.
These populations break down as follows:
33 from Asia and Oceania
27 from Europe and the Middle East
21 from Africa and the Americas
When will users get results?
Approximately 287,000 testers will display the update upon release next week.
The remainder of the database will be updated in waves.
Priority will be given to those who have most recently signed in to their kits.
Those who have not signed in for a year or more will be last to get the updated version of myOrigins.
For those kits who do not receive the update next week, an email will be sent to the primary email address on the kit when the new results are ready to view.
New testers or transfers who get results after the release will receive only the myOrigins 3.0 results, not the 2.0.
A CSV file summary of myOrigins 2.0 results will be available on the dashboard for a limited time.

Big Y STR Results

Thanks to the improvement in our Big Y STR technology and quality thresholds, reanalyzing current Big Y data is allowing us to provide additional STR values at no charge. SNP results will not be affected by this update.

This reanalysis will go as follows:
Big Y-700 customers should have received additional STR calls in Panels 6 and 7 over the last few weeks.
Big Y-500 customers will receive additional STR calls in Panels 6 and 7 in the next few days.
Once all customers have been updated, STR calls in Panels 6 and 7 for all customers will be refined based on improvements to our quality control thresholds.

It’s important to note:
For Big Y-700 testers, up until now, if there was a call at a location in the 500 but not in the 700, we preserved the 500 call. With the update to the STR calling process, Big Y-700 testers will only have those STRs called in the 700, which may mean some no-calls at positions that previously had values.
While Big Y-500 customers will receive some additional STR values, the only way to guarantee that a tester receives the full 700 STRs is to upgrade to Big Y-700.
If you have any questions about these updates, please contact the FamilyTreeDNA Groups Team at groups@familytreedna.com.

We hope you are all safe and healthy. Thank you for all of the work you do with your projects!



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