We offer DNA profiling services for those who would like a record of their DNA profile. A DNA profile is like a genetic fingerprintit is very unique to an individual and can thus be used for identification. We test 16 different locations on a person’s DNA to generate the DNA profile. These locations include the 13 CODIS markers, used worldwide as the gold standard for human identification.
The following are reasons individuals may want to obtain a record of their DNA profiles:
- Their DNA profiles can be kept on file to help with determining family relationships, should they pass away and parties make legal claims on their estate.
- Children’s DNA profiles may be useful for identification should something happen to them in the future, such as abductions or runaways.
- Individuals in high-risk situations, such as men in combat, have their DNA profiles kept on record in case identification of their remains becomes necessary. A DNA test could be conducted on these remains to see if they match the DNA profile on record.
DNA profiling can be performed in two ways: using a home DNA collection kit, or or using a Chain of Custody, a documentation process that makes the test results legally admissible (accepted by courts and other government agencies). Profiles obtained from home collection kits may not be usable in a legal situation.
Please call one of our case managers at 1-888-362-2592 to discuss either option.
A single individual’s DNA is collected and tested to create a DNA profile.
Painless Sample Collection
Our standard procedure uses the painless and non-invasive buccal swaba cotton-like swab rubbed against the inside of your mouth to gather loose cheek cells.
Convenient Appointment Locations
We have the largest sample collection network in the United States. If you live in the U.S., we can schedule your appointment at a location close to your home or work, often on the same day. There are thousands of collection sites affiliated with us all over the U.S. and worldwide.
There is no collection fee charged for DNA Profiling; the cost is included in the test fee.
DNA Profile Report
When the DNA test is completed, the laboratory generates a DNA Profile Report, also called a DNA Typing Report. It lists the allele sizes of 16 different locations (called loci) in the DNA that are unique to each individual and thus useful for identification. Each person has two alleles in each locationone inherited the biological mother and one from the biological father. The sizes shown reflect these two inherited alleles.