While the title might sound like a pipe dream, several companies are pushing for lower prices for full DNA testing. Currently, a full DNA test will easily set you back anywhere between about $700 and close to $3,000+, depending on which company you go with, how many reads you opt for (30x is considered the minimum by many experts, but some companies will test 15x or lower to 50x or higher). Addit: I don’t know when full DNA testing will hit the $100 (probably $99 since that’s how companies often price things at $99 instead of $100), but I am guessing it will be a lot sooner than many think.
For example, Full Genomes (www.fullgenomes.com) used to offer 1x – 30x testing with prices ranging from $100ish to almost $2,000. Currently, I only see the following Whole Genome tests – 15x ($675), 20x ($795), 30x ($1,200), and a Long Read Whole Genome ($3,250) in addition to Comprehensive Elite Y test ($645) with a recommendation to use MyHeritage (www.myheritage.com/dna) for autosomal testing.
For the below prices, they were accurate for U. S. residents when I checked, but sale prices are subject to change due to various reasons so always check before ordering. The links below are NOT affiliate links; they are direct links. I make no money off the links. At some point, I may add affiliate links, but I will clearly mark the links as such and do my best to include non-affiliate links. I included sale end dates below when I could find them.
To those who think it’s a long way off, that’s what people thought when DNA testing was $10,000, then it crept down to $2,000, then $1,000. With autosomal, I first considered autosomal testing in 2011. At the time, FTDNA and 23andMe offered it for $200. By the time I took my first autosomal test in 2012, Ancestry offered a $100 sale price that became the standard price by early 2013. There have been many sales in the $49 – 89 price range since that time with most of the major autosomal DNA companies hitting the $49 sale price at least once.
Currently, MyHeritage (www.myheritage.com/dna) is offering 2 more or kits at $49 each (ends December 18, 2017). MyHeritage uses FTDNA to process the kits. In the past, they sold 23andMe and various FTDNA kits until they decided to branch out. They were still offering free DNA transfers from most DNA companies although they may not be accepting 23andMe v5 chip tests temporarily.
And 23andMe (www.23andme.com) is offering their kits for $79 (genealogy only, regular price is $99) and $149 (genealogy + health; regular price $199) through December 26, 2017. They also were in the Top Five over the Black Friday on Amazon when their kits were cheaper.
As I mentioned in another blog post, Ancestry DNA (www.ancestry.com/dna) is running a Buy Three Get One Free sale (kits are $79 each for a total of $237 for 4 kits). The sale price wasn’t showing up on Amazon when I checked earlier today, but they generally price match if you contact them with a link to the sale price. There can be exceptions to the price matching, but most of the time, they have price matched the different DNA companies that are available through Amazon.
FTDNA (FamilyTree DNA) is running its own sale with Family Finder (its autosomal test) for $59 with various sale prices on Y-DNA, mtDNA, and combination packages as well as a Big YY-111 sale (https://upsdownsfamilyhistory.wordpress.com/2017/12/14/ftdna-special-offer-for-big-y-testers/). I can’t find my earlier blog post (WordPress may have been hungry and ate it), but here’s the sale prices for FTDNA (sale through December 31, 2017) and they are offering current customers weekly coupons on different products.
Family Finder (autosomal DNA) $59 (regular price $89)
mtFull Sequence $169 (regular price $199)
Y-37 $129 (regular price $169)
Y-67 $229 (regular price $268)
Y-111 $299 (regular price $359)
Test bundles (each bundle is for one person, not to be split among several people)
Family Finder + Y-37 $178 (regular price $258)
Family Finder + Y-67 $278 (regular price $357)
Family Finder + mtFull Sequence $218 (regular price $288)
Family Finder + Y-67 $442 (regular price $556)
Big Y $475 (regular price almost $600) with free upgrade to Y-111
For Big Y users with Y-37 – upgrade to Y-111 $59
For Big Y users with Y-67 – upgrade to Y-111 $39
LivingDNA (https://www.livingdna.com/en-us) is on sale for $99 (regular price $159) and it includes some mtDNA and Y-DNA (males only) information in addition to autosomal. It presently doesn’t offer matching, but indicates matching will be an option soon.
Helix (specifically the National Geographic Geno 2.0 Next kit – https://www.helix.com) is on sale for $99.95 (regular price $149.95 and used to be $199.95). If you have previously tested at Helix, they knock $80 off the price (although when I checked a few minutes ago they were including the kit for free, something they have offered on numerous occasions which brings the price down to $69.95). You can also find the Geno 2.0 Next kit at National Geographic’s website, https://shop.nationalgeographic.com/category/geno-dna, and it shows the $69.95 sale price.
YSEQ.net isn’t offering sales, but expanded its offerings from Y-DNA only to include mtDNA (several levels, including full mtDNA), full DNA (ranging from $740 for 15x; additional $510 if you upgrade to 30x; and an extra $1,060 for 50x, and not counting certain extras you can add that will drive the price above $1,800), and a very large Y-DNA SNP ordering (over 60,000 SNPs you can choose from) . YSEQ is looking at some interesting changes for 2018 and I look forward to seeing what they do.
Another new kid on the block (with LivingDNA being one of the last new kids on the block) is Dante Labs (https://www.dantelabs.com/pages/home-usa). I only see two options: Whole Genome Sequencing $694.73 (regular price $989.14 – sequence full DNA) and Whole Exome Sequencing $496,90 (regular price $700.11 – sequence 20,000 genes).
A not so new kid on the block, DNA Consultants (https://dnaconsultants.com/) is offering 24% off ($212, regular price $279 – use code HOLIDAYS) . It’s a test I don’t generally recommend, but some people find value in its results and it is having a sale which is why I included it in the list. It tests a lot less markers than the Big Four (Ancestry DNA, 23andMe, MyHeritage, and FTDNA) for a much higher price.
This is a fairly comprehensive list of most DNA testing companies still offering DNA testing: https://isogg.org/wiki/List_of_DNA_testing_companies Most companies on the list don’t offer matching and many of them don’t offer useful tools for genealogical purposes. Best to explore each company to decide which ones meet your needs and your budget.
If I missed any sales, please let me know and I will update this list.