DNATribes Shutting Down

I saw this briefly reported on the International Society of Genetic Genealogists (ISOGG) Facebook group, but no details were provided, other than DNA Tribes was shutting down..

When I went to DNA Tribes website a few minutes ago: http://dnatribes.com/, I saw the following update. I had been checking it for a while, but only to see if there were price changes.

We Are Discontinuing Operations – Thanks for Supporting DNA Tribes!

After 12 years of providing genetic ancestry analysis, we are closing our doors. Please be advised that DNA Tribes is no longer accepting new orders, effective January 4, 2019.

What You Need to Know:

  • DEADLINE FOR SAMPLES SUBMISSION: If you purchased a kit on or before January 4, 2019, it MUST be submitted for processing by no later than April 1, 2019. After that date, we are no longer accepting kits for processing
  • YOUR REPORT: Results are ready within 6-8 weeks after samples arrive at the lab. We suggest you print them out when you receive them. In order to better understand your report, you’re welcome to access our FAQs and Digest Articles
  • IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE: Email one of our specialists using this form anytime prior to August 1, 2019
  • ACCESSING THIS WEBSITE: The DNA Tribes website is remaining open until August 1, 2019 so that you can access its resources and contact customer service. After this date, the website is closed and we can no longer respond to your queries

It has been our privilege serving you!

While it’s a DNA company that few recommended, I found value in my results. You can check out my results in Ignore Ethnic Results Below the Continental Level:

#6 (DNATribes – broken down several ways)
Continental Core:
Basque: 72.2%
Dravidian South India 18.8%
Mesoamerican 6.3%
Aka-Mbuti-Hadza 2.8%
SouthChina 0.0%
Regional Cluster:
NW Europe 30.9%
Spanish-Portuguese 15.1%
Balto-Slavic 12.6%
Finnish 11.2%
Central European 10.5%
Basque 6.6%
Aegean-Balkan-Italian 4.8%
Mari-Chuvash 4.2%
Azeri-Kurdish-Persian-Turkey 2.5%
Tatar=Chuvash 0.8%
Kannaid-Kurumba South India 0.7%
Aka-Mbuti-Hadza 0.1%
Mesoamerican 0.0%
Population (Native Population Only):
Cornwall West Britain 28.0%
Finland 20.0%
Sweden 16.3%
Spain Sample 2 12.9%
Orkney Islands Scotland 10.7%
Basque Spain 8.2%
Maris 4.0%
Population (Native and Diasporic Populations):
Cornwall West Britain 28.0%
Finland 20.0%
Sweden 16.3%
Spain Sample 2 12.9%
Orkney Islands Scotland 10.7%
Basque Spain 8.2%
Maris 4.0%

They also offered a 26 STR marker test that included 13 of the CODIS markers used by law enforcement. You couldn’t use the results to challenge law enforcement although if they were markedly different, you might be able to make a compelling legal argument if you subsequently tested with a lab that met verified your DNA Tribes results independently. Contrary to ISOGG‘s page below, you were still able to order the SNP analysis test although you had to hunt for it.

Here’s the ISOGG page on DNA Tribes: https://isogg.org/wiki/DNA_Tribes. It looks like DNA Tribes took down their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DNAtribes/.

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