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From: Ann Turner <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] time=$
Date: Wed, 5 Oct 2011 08:48:22 -0700
I can picture some scenarios where it could be a win-win situation. Ken
didn't specify the type of test, but he may have been thinking of low-volume
"boutique" SNP orders. I don't know specifically how this is set up at
FTDNA, but typical laboratory work flow systems center around 96-well
plates, where all the samples are processed the same way. If FTDNA is
waiting for a certain number of samples to run the test, someone who pays an
extra amount to expedite the test might actually subsidize others who have
ordered the same SNP. But ... Ken might be surprised at how much the extra
amount would turn out to be.
On Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 8:04 AM, Diana Gale Matthiesen <>wrote:
> So, the affluent get to move to the head of the line, while the rest of us
> have our results delayed because of it.
> The difference here is that I doubt that the people paying for express
> mail/parcel delivery cause the deliveries for everyone else to be delayed.
> That would not be the case with expedited DNA test results.
> I'm sick of the rich and their sense of privilege. Let them wait their
> turn like the rest of us.
> > From: Kenneth Nordtvedt
> > Sent: Wednesday, October 05, 2011 10:50 AM
> > US post office has it; UPS has it; FedEx has it: many catalog/online
> > retailers have it.
> > Why doesn’t FTDNA and other dna companies have a tiered price for
> > tests related to promptness in lab and waiting time for customers?
> > The very long waiting time for test results is one of the big drags
> > on the hobby.
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