The following announcement was written by Tecan, a supplier of laboratory instruments and solutions for the biopharma, forensic and diagnostic industries. This is the kind of industry-specific announcement that I normally ignore. However, this announcement provides some interesting numbers concerning Family Tree DNA, one of the leading companies providing DNA service to genealogists. I thought the following quote near the end of the announcement was especially interesting: "Today, Family Tree DNA's database exceeds 210,000 individual test records (roughly 137,000 Y-DNA and 77,000 mtDNA tests)."
DURHAM, NC, Oct 24, 2008 -- Scientists at Family Tree DNA, Texas, USA, have automated their DNA testing services using a REMP Small-Size Store(TM) (SSS) and a Tecan Freedom EVO(R) liquid handling workstation to reliably process and store the hundreds of samples arriving daily.