How long does it take to get genealogical DNA results back from the lab? The companies generally give a window of 6–8 weeks. With the power of crowdsourcing, we can get more precise estimates. The website DNA Processing Time aims to do exactly that. In just a couple of months, it’s collected more than 150 reports on how long individual tests at AncestryDNA took from the day they were registered (or activated) online to the day the results were made available. Of those, nearly 60 were complete, meaning that DNA results have been delivered.
Understanding the methodology of DNA studies is of fundamental importance. Consequently, protecting the integrity of DNA samples is a huge responsibility that scientists working on DNA studies must strive to maintain. One method that researchers sometimes use to preserve DNA samples is freeze-drying. You can learn more about freeze-drying technology and can find different dryers and lyophilizers on the SciQuip website.
Back to my own research now though and I graphed the data and am sharing it with the permission of the webmaster. It’s fascinating to see how much of an impact the Black Friday sale in late November had. AncestryDNA reported selling more than half a million DNA tests in 4 days! As a consequence, processing times skyrocketed to more than 60 days in late January, with a steady decline since early February as the lab has worked through the backlog. This is great news for those of us looking to connect with more relatives through DNA testing.
If you have a test in the queue at Ancestry, or one that’s recently delivered results, you can add your own data to the website. It’s quick and easy, and you can go back and update your entry as your test moves through the processing steps.
Updates to this post:
28 December 2018-added links to a new DNA Processing Times survey