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Subject: Re: [DNA] Better or Best Y-DNA Test
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2005 14:10:17 EDT
In a message dated 9/15/2005 9:06:09 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
there a test now
or in the foreseeable future
NONE YET ANNOUNCED BY ANY COMMERCIAL LAB. If there are plans in the works,
I'm not aware of any.
that is the only (or final) Y-DNA test that a
male will ever need to take?
If not, is there anything available or emerging that is superior to FTDNA's
Y-DNA 37-marker test? If so, who, what, where, how much, etc.?
I am becoming an advocate of testing with at least two companies which store
DNA and offer different sets of markers. Simply because I am finding 37/37
and better matches and we are looking for markers which distinguish
sub-lineages. This is more true for my R1bs (which most of my folks are), many of
whom aren't that far from SWAMH, than for the other haplogroups.
I haven't completely followed the discussions of CDYa/b and its volatility
and susceptibility to parallel mutations -- which raises the questions of how
the heck do we know these markers are more susceptible to parallel mutations
than other markers are? Do we really have enough documented Surname groups
to answer this question?
My own personal experience is that some family groups are remarkably stable
on these markers, others show specific patterns of mutations which match the
paper trails, and others seem to be all over the place (i.e. volatile). I
don't have enough documentation on this latter group to know if the matching
values are parallel or inherited mutations.
As to choice of company, for me it hangs in customer service and
responsiveness. Having now done business with all the major players except OA (which I
would put in a separate class due to its 10 marker expensive offering
anyway), I definitely have my preferences in that regard. I won't voice them here,
as I'm not out to start an argument which I believes equates to "which is
better, chocolate or vanilla ice cream?" It's personal taste, baby, no matter
how much we rationalize it.
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