DNA testing in a citizen science project like the Q-M242 Haplogroup project must be both progressive and pragmatic. Testing is progressive when it uses new technologies like BIG Y and advanced SNP packs to discover and explore new branches. It is pragmatic when it recognizes that all cannot afford the price of such tests and finds other options.
The Q-M242 project now has over 200 complete and pending BIG Ys. We have over a 100 results from the Q-L245 SNP Pack. When we began to plan additional SNP Packs though, we realized there was a problem. In a project of over 1,300 tested Y-DNA Qs, almost half were only tested or predicted to be the earliest branch Q-M242. They were not ready to order an advanced SNP Pack. Further, we realized that the expected cost of $119 for a SNP Pack would be too much for many.
Thus, we put together the Q-M242 Backbone SNP Pack and negotiated its price with Family Tree DNA. The price will be $39 US.
The following branch points are tested:
I would like to extend my deep appreciation for putting this together to Alessandro Biondo, Vladimir Gurianov, Amy O'Leary, and our friends in the other Q related DNA projects, as well as Michael Sager and Bennett Greenspan at Family Tree DNA.
Who Needs It?
The project will be sending messages to those who need it soon. The project has a sponsor who is helping us offer an additional discount on the first 250 orders, so it is important to wait for us to contact you before ordering.
Who Doesn't Need It?
Men who have:
- BIG Y results
- Q-L245 SNP Pack Results
- Some with Geno 2.0 transfer results
- You know you are Q-L804 or Q-L527
- Those who are not haplogroup Q
When can you order it?
Family Tree DNA says soon.
As always, thank you for being part of the project.
Rebekah A. Canada & the Q-M242 Team