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Title: AncestryDNA to offer raw data to folks in 2013
Post by: wing_genealogist on October 07, 2012, 05:04:32 PM
A blog written by an AncestryDNA employee at: http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2012/10/05/ancestrydna-at-the-2012-consumer-genetics-conference/ (http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2012/10/05/ancestrydna-at-the-2012-consumer-genetics-conference/) states they are working on allowing folks access to their raw data, and it should be available sometime next year.


Title: Re: AncestryDNA to offer raw data to folks in 2013
Post by: rms2 on October 12, 2012, 07:55:21 PM
What are the differences between Ancestry's test and FTDNA's Family Finder?


Title: Re: AncestryDNA to offer raw data to folks in 2013
Post by: wing_genealogist on October 12, 2012, 10:57:05 PM
By and large, AncestryDNA is another player in the field of autosomal DNA testing akin to FTDNA's Family Finder and 23andMe. They all use the same chip. FTDNA scrubs many of the medically-related SNPs (prob. as much to steer clear of congressional meddling as any other reason). It is unknown if AncestryDNA scrubs these SNPs as well.

On the positive side (for AncestryDNA) their autosomal testing semi-automatically not only tells you who your matches are, but, IN THEORY, also tell you who is the common ancestor. IN REALITY, it tends to be more of a gimmick than a true benefit, as even when they do show you a common ancestor (which is often NOT the case), there is no guarantee that the common DNA segment actually came from that ancestor (as you could be related to the other person in multiple ways).

The other positive side for AncestryDNA is the fact they are already well-known in the genealogy field, especially for "newbies". They can use this clout to recruit people who otherwise would not know about DNA testing.

AncestryDNA had purchased the assets of SMGF and includes this information in their predictions. This is a large database, and has the potential to refine the ancestral origins predictions. However, AncestryDNA currently is having issues related to many Western European (particularly British Isles) folks having high Scandinavian scores.