Update Sunday, April 23, 2017: I posted to BritainsDNA Facebook page and their Twitter accounts to see if they will respond, but as of 3 PM US Central Time today, they have not responded. With their Facebook page, they have to approve any posts which is why my post may not show up on their page.
I haven’t seen any reports on BritainsDNA changing its URL from http://www.britainsDNA.com to myDNA.global, but it was changed. If you try http://www.britainsDNA.com, you will get an expired domain name notice. Same for several variations of the company’s other URLs (update: apparently some of the variations may still work, but I don’t feel like digging through half dozen different links to see which ones still work). For those not familiar with BritainsDNA (hereafter referred to as MyDNA), it offers a variety of DNA tests. Its biggest test is the Chromo2 test which is a combination of autosomal DNA, Y-DNA (males only), mtDNA, and a couple of trait tests (Baldness, Eye Color, and Red Hair). The test runs about 240 GBP (roughly $345 USD as of a few minutes ago, but that will vary depending on the GBP/USD exchange rate when you order the test). If you want a hardcover copy of your results, it’s another 30 GBP (roughly $45 USD right now, but check prices before ordering). The company lets you order using GBP, Euro, or USD as pricing options so you can easily see how much it will cost in each currency.
When you order the test, you can opt-in or opt-out of the optional Research participation. You can learn more about the Research Disclaimer at https://www.mydna.global/participation-agreement. Worth reading if you are considering participation in the research. The company’s T&C (Terms and Conditions, sometimes called Terms of Service or TOS by other companies) can be found at https://www.mydna.global/terms-and-conditions. However, the above link only gives you a download link to the PDF https://www.mydna.global/media/251710/mydna-global-terms-and-conditions-v1.pdf. I haven’t ordered the test from either BritainsDNA or MyDNA, nor have I read in full the T&C or Research Participation Agreement, but they follow the laws of Scotland.
It is my goal to add MyDNA to the list of companies I eventually test with, but that’s at least 6+ months away.
A couple of key points. The company is in the U.K. which may be an issue with some U. S. debit card purchases, but it does allow PayPal and debit/credit card payment options. You are shipping it to the U.K. so you may want to check with the Post Office (or other carrier if you use FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc.) to see about pricing, customs declaration requirements, etc. The company estimates 8 – 12 weeks before you get your results. However, this time frame doesn’t start until they receive your kit, not from when you drop it off at the Post Office. Also, it is a spit kit and you should follow the general rules for spit kits (collect spit within 30 minutes, realize not everybody produces enough DNA in their spit for a spit kit to work, etc.).
MyDNA uses an Illumina chip that looks at 250,000 autosomal SNPs, 14,000 Y-DNA SNPs, and 3,000 mtDNA SNPs. In comparison, 23andMe, FTDNA, and AncestryDNA look at 500,000 – 700,000+ autosomal SNPs. In comparison National Geographic’s 2.0 Next looks at 200,000 autosomal SNPs, roughly the same number of mtDNA SNPs, and about 10,000 Y-DNA SNPs.