Wonder How Long Before Whole Genome Sequencing Becomes the Norm? – DNA Saturdays January 16, 2021

A while back, it was estimated the Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) would become the new norm and would run the same price as many DNA tests that only look at a small percentage of your DNA. Over the last few years, I have seen cases where some DNA companies offer WGS at around $100 – $200. It’s rare, but it’s happened a few times over the last several years. Most times it’s not a genetic genealogical DNA company offering the deal.

The cost of WGS has come down a lot over the years. I remember where full DNA testing was $1,000 – 2,000, and at some places it still runs that high. Ideally, you want WGS or full DNA test with a minimum of 30x Read. The problem is more the amount of computer storage space you need to receive the results. It can easily run 128 GB or more in size. Different companies will allow you to download the results although at that size, it will probably time out. Other companies offer to sell you a storage device that will hold the DNA regardless of size and mail it to you. Costs a bit more, but worth it in my opinion.

About Wichita Genealogist

Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi. Live in Wichita, Kansas now. I suffer Bipolar I, ultra-ultra rapid cycling, mixed episodes. Blog on a variety of topics - genealogy, DNA, mental health, among others. Let's collaborateDealspotr.com
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