Since its inception Family Tree DNA has been conducting Y-chromosome DNA tests. Originally these were STR tests, then Family Tree DNA began SNP testing. For an explanation of the differences between these tests, see Y-DNA STRs, SNPs, and Haplogroups.
Until today, Family Tree DNA's most recent Y-DNA test was called the Big Y which was a SNP discovery test. But now there is a new, combined Big Y-500 test that is absolutely amazing. Here is how FTDNA describes the new test.
What is Big Y-500?
- The Big Y and Y-111 will be sold together in a product called Big Y-500
- It includes all SNP information currently included in Big Y, as well as the 111 STRs of the Y-111 and newly reported STRs
- Approximately 45 STRs used in the Y-111 product are also reliably called from Big Y data and will serve as additional cross-checks to control the quality of the Big Y-500 product
Where did the 500 come from?
- Approximately 450 STRs were chosen from Big Y data because they can be reliably called on a consistent basis
- Of the ~450 STRs, at least 389 will be reported and when combined with the Y-111, that gives a total of at least 500 STRs
Note: Everyone with Y500 will have 500 STRs (including the Y-111), but not everyone will have exactly the same 389 additional STRs from the Big Y. There will be a significant overlap, but there will be some STRs that are called for one tester that may not be reliably callable for another tester. Big Y-500 STR values will be displayed on the tester's Y-STR results page.
If you would like to see how these new STRs look, please see STRs now included in Big Y500 test!
Family Tree DNA has removed the requirement that a man has to order an STR test before ordering the Big Y. Anyone can now order the Big Y-500 and will get a 111- marker STR test, the Big Y SNP discovery test, and hundreds of additional STRs. For DNA Day, the new test is on sale for $649 (regularly $799).
If you have previously done some Y-DNA testing with Family Tree DNA the upgrade prices are shown in the following image:
It will be fascinating to see what we can discover about our families with the new Y-DNA data!