Subject: Reaching 1 million. You're #46,957
23andMe are now the first DNA testing company to reach the milestone of having one million people in a single database.
AncestryDNA are probably also very close to the one million mark. They currently state that they have 850,000 people in their database, but they have been citing this figure for some time. They have previously said that they are selling 150,000 kits per quarter. We can probably expect an announcement very soon.
Family Tree DNA were the first company to hit the one million milestone but their tally of one million test takers is spread across two different databases. FTDNA have their own proprietary database but they also do the testing for the Genographic Project. There is some overlap between the two databases as Genographic customers can transfer their results to the FTDNA genealogical matching database.
It's taken nearly eight years for 23andMe to reach the one million milestone but the big growth only started to take place when they dropped the price of their test to $99 in December 2012. I wonder how long we will have to wait before we see the first two million or five million consumer DNA database.
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