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From: "Lancaster-Boon" <>
Subject: [DNA] Are the testing companies being guided to invest inthewrongthings for genealogy?
Date: Sat, 13 Mar 2010 14:57:42 +0100

Dear John

As I mentioned in my mail I also understand that the companies are handling
a complex world, sometimes very cleverly, and indeed I almost didn't post
because I was concerned that if I mention FT DNA it might sound directed at
them when in fact they are by far doing the best job in handling this

(But as you say, there are some almost "no brainer" priorities, which could
be instituted which would bring win-win results with a high degree of
liklihood and low relative effort.)

One reason for deciding finally to post here is indeed because just writing
to FT DNA is not meaningful if there are hundreds of other people writing to
them demanding more investment in autosomal testing (which I have also had

It is us, the community, who need to think about this also.

The projects us admins are running are basically funded by genealogists.

Best Regards

From: "Alister John Marsh" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Are the testing companies being guided to invest in
thewrongthings for genealogy?
Date: Sat, 13 Mar 2010 21:23:30 +1300
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I agree with a lot of your thoughts on this.

I wonder if a current difficulty is the rapid advances in technology, making
test companies cautious about committing to new tests if they get superseded
quickly with a $1,000 full genome. But perhaps they should be looking at
the new technologies to see how they can use them to lead the market.

I think FTDNA in the shorter term could make a lot more money for themselves
if they rationalized their advanced STR tests better, marketed them in
better batches, included them on FTDNA TiP, included them on Y-Search etc.
I would also like to see them introduce some of the many more STRs currently

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