Won't you help persuade Ancestry.com to reconsider their plan to destroy YDNA and mtDNA samples and data?

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Hi fellow WikiTreers!  It's been reported that on September 5, 2014, Ancestry.com will begin the destruction of all of the YDNA (paternal lineage) and mtDNA (maternal lineage) samples that have been submitted by their clients over the years, including those of people who were the last person in their family's line and who are now no longer living.  In doing so, they will be destroying samples that can never be collected again, and that may someday open a world of genealogical data to family history researchers.  We must show our concern and ask that they consider other alternatives for saving these samples from destruction.  As a show of support for our efforts to encourage Ancestry.com to reconsider their position, please "Like" our Facebook community page (http://www.facebook.com/noDNAdump), and share it with your friends and associates.  Whether you're Facebooker or not, you can also show your support by signing our online petition at https://www.change.org/petitions/ancestry-com-please-reconsider-and-find-an-alternative-to-the-planned-destruction-of-your-ydna-and-mtdna-samples.  If anyone has any thoughts on how this decision can be reversed, please feel free to share them. Thank you for your support!

in The Tree House by Tom Shaw G2G6 Mach 1 (17.1k points)
edited by Keith Hathaway
Personally, I am a little dismayed by the lack of responses to this post.  Maybe some of you just read it and went to our FB page and "Liked" it, or went even further and signed our online petition.  If so, thank you very much for your support!  If not...why not?  I just don't see how anyone could be OK with Ancestry destroying the samples and DNA for people who are no longer here to object to it, whether it's allowed by their terms of service or not.  Please think about this on a personal level...what if it were samples from your grandparents, or those of a relatives family for whom the last surviving member is now gone?  There has to be a better way to handle this, and we need all the support we can get to convince Ancestry to do the right thing!
They could at least ask the contributors, or their surviving family, if they would like the samples and data back !  How can we continue a relationship with these people who would arbitratily destroy something that we entrusted to them?
It's not just the loss of the samples. The service offered for sale was to take the test, receive my results and be added to the database so that I would then be "matched" to other contributors. My money was paid in the good faith that I would be receiving this service. I did not realize that there was an expiration date and that the contract I entered into at the time of my purchase would come to an end. I have the results, but am now forced to subscribe to other companies in order to find new potential matches.

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