8 questions you must ask before doing a DNA test

 

Date: 2015/02/02

When a pregnancy occurs, potential parents usually feel excited, stressed and possibly nervous. This is magnified when the paternity of the child is in question. As time goes on, and the child is born, parents may have doubts and want to know, as a matter of fact, if the child is theirs. Luckily, a non-invasive DNA test can give the answers you want. Indeed, requesting a paternity test can be offensive to some people, but will result in the truth, which is worth it. Then, the true parents can move forward caring for their child without any questions. When considering the DNA test, here are 8 questions to ask first to ensure things go as smoothly as possible.

 

1. Is at least one of the alleged fathers available for testing?

At least one alleged father will need to be available and willing to participate. It is important to bring up the topic in a safe environment, and ensure that they understand the situation.

 

2. Will the mother have to agree to it?

after birth we only need the DNA of the father and the child. The DNA of the mother is not required.
while pregnant it is necessary that the mother will agree to do the testing. If the father is requesting the test, he needs to ask the mother and get her to agree. This is not always easy, as some women feel a lack of trust when the father requests proof of paternity. Therefore, this request should be approached with consideration.

 

3. Is the lab accredited?

It is important that the lab is technically competent and meets the standards for testing and calibration laboratories. This can be found by asking if the lab’s DNA tests are ISO 17025 accredited. Tests done by DNAForce are performed in a fully ISO 17025 accredited facility.

 

4. How long until I get the results?

Most parents are anxious to find out the results of a DNA test, and the good news is: they won’t have to wait long. When the samples have been received, the test can be completed within 5-8 business days. The results can then be accessed online by logging in.

 

5. What risks are involved?

after birth The DNA is taken from the mouth using a mouth swab. It is completely painless.
while pregnant With non-invasive blood testing, the test is simply blood drawn from the arm and does not have the risks associated with amniocentesis or CVS.

 

6. How will the results be delivered?

The results can be delivered by online access, telephone, email or mail.

 

7. How will the sample be taken?

after birth The DNA is taken from the mouth using a mouth swab. It is completely painless.
while pregnant The blood sample is easily taken from the arm of the people being tested. It is generally painless and fast. The lab can then analyze up to 300,000 DNA markers from the swabs to get the results.

 

8. Will I need to travel?

You will not need to, but can if you’d like. There are several convenient options for getting the samples to the DNA test facility. First, there are locations all across Canada that can be conveniently visited. Second, there is an option to perform the sample collection at home with a DNA test kit which can be requested and then mail it in. Lastly, the test can be performed immediately at home if the person can access the directions online and has q-tips on hand, then the samples are mailed in.

 

 

Conclusion

These questions will cover the fundamentals when preparing for a DNA test. Of course, the most difficult may be making the request for a paternity test to the father or mother of a child, as it does put into question their previous actions. However, with honesty and consideration for the other’s feelings, the conversation should be understood by all parties. Once you have all of these questions answered, you will be ready to contact the DNA testing company, take the simple test and get the answer you are looking for.