Tuesday, February 26, 2013

AncestryDNA Open to the Public

AncestryDNA Open to the PublicAncestry.com announced last week that its AncestryDNA project is now available to the general public.

“It was important to us to allow loyal members the first crack at the DNA test,” said Ancestry.com spokesperson, Matthew Deighton about the product’s May launch. Now after nine months, 100,000 DNA samples, and 7.7 million ancestors linked, AncestryDNA is officially open to the public. Says the press release:

This easy-to-use, comprehensive test provides consumers with their genetic ethnicity and the unique opportunity to connect DNA results directly to any applicable Ancestry.com family trees, matching test takers with other close or distant family members. Combined, these features provide the most complete snapshot of one’s family history that has ever been available.

Interest in using DNA to explore family history is growing. In a 2012 Harris Interactive survey, 56 percent of Americans—more than 110 million people—stated they would be interested in taking a DNA genealogy test. This number is 14 percent higher than the previous year.

For the full text of the announcement, see the press release on the Ancestry.com corporate website.

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