Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Change is in the offing . . . .
As announced yesterday, Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation (SMGF) has implemented a recently developed industry-standard format for expressing Y-chromosome DNA profiles in genetic genealogy. The new system, or nomenclature, for Y-STR genetic markers will reduce confusion for genetic genealogy consumers, eliminate conversion errors, make personal DNA profiles easily portable and lead to more genetic matches when searching among different ancestry databases once the industry-wide standard is adopted. Y-DNA is an unrivaled tool for tracing paternal ancestry.
SMGF has revised its table for comparing companies, seen here.
This change will likewise affect all companies that use Sorenson for their DNA processing: Ancestry.com, DNA Heritage, etc. Family Tree DNA says they should have it implemented before the end of the year. Genebase is another that has also said they are making the switch. Oxford Ancestors ????.
When things have shaken out a bit more I'll see what must be done to revise our tables.