Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Waiting for that Distant Cousin to Test
As our family was maneuvering the stop-and-go traffic on our way back home through the Los Angeles region yesterday, MyHeritage was squeezing a margin of their own—enough to break the latest price barrier on DNA tests. For the first time, we now have a $39 sale price for autosomal testing, and for those purchasing two tests at that price, shipping to the same address is free. That is breaking news, indeed, but according to MyHeritage, it will only be true through November 29. There is apparently no need to wait until Black Friday for Black Friday sales.
Of course, the holiday season has lately been one of the best times of the year, as far as reaping additional DNA matches go. However, in this past year, with DNA news in the forefront, there seems to have been a chill factor affecting the number of new DNA matches. This holiday shopping cycle may reveal some interesting counter-trend tabulations if potential new test-takers turn away from the opportunity to learn more about their roots, based on recent developments. Makes me want to pout, "All I want for Christmas" is...a few good DNA matches on my paternal side.
It's not like I can go out and find that anonymous distant cousin to take that coveted DNA test; if I knew who that key cousin was, I'd have already taken care of business. It's the unknown part of the equation that becomes so frustrating. And so, I wait—and so do countless other researchers, as well. Researchers who all share the hope of making that one vital discovery.
Seeing such a low price, though, is encouraging—and one which I hope will be followed by others, as well. Time will tell whether price is the barrier to further participants entering the market—or there is another obstacle.