I do not see anything about specifics. But I did call to speak to a rep just out of curiosity. She was confused about the 16K vs 3K # and said she didn't know what I was talking about. But when I mentioned it was supposed to be part of an update, she said oh yes, we are updating right now. And I asked if it was for everyone and she said yes but had no ETA.
Here is the full read from the UK site:
Why did the estimate change?
We have better tools for telling regions apart, especially closely related regions like Ireland and Great Britain. We also have 16,000 reference samples now instead of 3,000, which helps screen out less-likely regions.
How have the latest results been improved?
With advancements in DNA science and more data, we’re able to divide the world into more regions. With more regions to work with, we can typically make a more nuanced estimate.
Larger Sample Sizes
We determine your ethnicity estimate by comparing your DNA to samples of DNA from people who have a long history in a region. As we get more samples, our picture of what DNA from a region or group “looks like” gets better. We’ve added more than 13,000 new samples to the original 3,000 in our reference database to give us our clearest picture yet for each region.
Improved Ways to Analyze Your Data
DNA is made up of strings of four different letters: A, C, G, and T. Our old algorithm looked at one letter at a time, and based on where that letter appeared in your DNA, it decided where that bit of DNA came from. Without getting too technical, our new algorithm reads longer stretches of your DNA at once, making it easier to identify regions of the world where you ancestor once roamed.
What happened to my other regions?
We’re all intrigued by exotic regions that show up in our ethnicity estimate—even if they don’t fit what we know about our family’s past. Here are some reasons why some of those regions may not appear in your new estimate.
First, we have more data. We estimate your ethnicity by comparing your DNA to the DNA of people who are native to a region. We call these people a reference panel. We now have five times more data in our reference panel, which means our ability to estimate your ethnicity is even better.
Second, with more data, we have been able to narrow down and better define our regions.
Third, we’ve turned down the “noise.” DNA analysis is complex, cutting-edge science. We have developed even more powerful mathematical algorithms that help remove unimportant or even misleading details, or “noise,” from your DNA results. It’s like having a more powerful antenna that lets us pick up a clearer signal from a radio station.
Will my estimate change again in the future?
It could. As we get more data, our scientists will continue to combine what they learn with the latest technology to provide you the best ethnicity estimate possible.
Still curious to understand more? Cool--we're glad you're as interested in genetics as we are. Check out our white paper on ethnicity prediction."