In November 2007 I estimated that as of that date 600,000 to 700,000 DNA testing kits had been sold by genetic genealogy companies and that the number was increasing by 80,000 to 100,000 kits per yearÂ (see â€œHow Big is the Genetic Genealogy Market?â€).Â I ended that article with a prediction:Â â€œAs the interest in genetic genealogy grows, I predict that the 1 millionth genetic genealogy customer will push the â€˜buyâ€™ button as early as 2009.â€
It seems my prediction might not have been too far off.Â This week, Family Tree DNA issued a press release stating that the company had recently received an order for the 500,000th testing kit.
FTDNA’s Press Release:
HOUSTON, February 9, 2009 (For Immediate Release) – Family Tree DNA (http://www.familytreedna.com), the world leader in genetic genealogy, announced today that it received its 500,000th DNA test order for genealogy and anthropology purposes.
This number of historic significance includes Family Tree DNAâ€™s own customers as well as the public participation samples in National Geographic and IBMâ€˜s Genographic Project (www.nationalgeographic.com/genographic), which are also processed by Family Tree DNA.
Founded in April 2000, Family Tree DNA was the first company to develop the commercial application of DNA testing for genealogical purposes that had previously been available only for academic and scientific research. Almost a decade later, the Houston-based company continues to establish standards and create new milestones in the increasingly popular and rapidly growing field of genetic genealogy, whereas other companies have came to the market space looking for the business opportunity, but offering tests of lesser value.
Presenting the most popular and wide-ranging DNA-testing service in the field of genetic genealogy, Family Tree DNA prides itself on its commitment to the practice of solid, ethical science. Family Tree DNA is the only company that provides all customers with a guaranteed assignment of ancestral origins and places their records in our secured database – the largest in the world for matching purposes, which in turn means increased chances of finding long lost relatives. In that regard, Family Tree DNA is an important resource for the three million people in the United States who either were adopted or descend from adoptees.
Since its inception, Family Tree DNA has been associated with the Genomics Analysis and Technology Core at the University of Arizona as well as some of the worldâ€™s leading authorities in the fields of Genetics and Anthropology. In 2006 Family Tree DNA established the state-of-the-art Genomics Research Center at its headquarters in Houston, Texas, where it currently performs R&D and processes over 200 types of advanced DNA tests for its customers.
Family Tree DNA currently has representative offices in Europe and the Middle East.