On top of the 24 Big Y orders sent into last
night's batch for our group, there are already 6 more, so we are up to 30 in
less than 5 days.
I can't remember FTDNA ever initiating a new product
with a sale before, which can otherwise be thought of as a 40% price increase
in December, but this technique is clearly working, despite the fact that we
don't entirely know exactly what the testers are going to get.
know that the testers should ordinarily receive something from FTDNA
indicating the discovery of new SNPs on their respective lines of descent
below U106, in our case. We are not sure how much help we will get from FTDNA
in organizing this mess, but again, this is a significant part of what
propelled us to double the size of our admin team. And undoubtedly, we will
appreciate the help of other volunteers.
I think at this point, it is
probably fair to suggest that people should NOT order Geno, until we find out
what is on Chromo. There is apparently a significant opportunity for our group
( and P312 ) to benefit from new SNPs on Chromo, but we might think of Geno at
this point as sort-of "tapped out".
Chromo has up to 15,000 SNPs on it
for roughly $200, while Big Y has 25,000 known SNPs and at least 1/3 of the
testable part of the Y available for the nearly inevitable discovery of new
SNPs on it for $495 until the huge price increase in December. The question
remains regarding the Quality, the Analysis, and the organization of the
results of Big Y, in comparison to that of FG (largely thanks to Greg, in turn
largely thanks to Justin's decision to bring him on board their team), which
we know has been excellent. So, we are at this point left to compare a known
product at $1,250 with a potential for a price decrease, and a potential for
lesser products at lesser prices, against the expectation that FTDNA's Big Y
will come through for us in a big way.
Good luck, everybody!
are in the midst of a Golden Age in this area of human
Regardless of who decides what product is better for them as
we go forward, I think that the creative minds of Thomas Krahn and Justin Loe
are responsible for what has fallen upon us in the last 12 months, so all due
thanks and credit to them for stimulating this competition, which will grow
our tree thick with twigs and leaves, as we go forward into