DNA tests shifts to the home market

DNA genetic testing has been in use by the scientific community since the late 1970s, but the ability to collect DNA samples in the privacy of your home is a relatively new market. The cost, once prohibitive, has become affordable making it an attractive option for those seeking answers about paternity. DIY DNA kits make it easy to collect samples discreetly and send them to a laboratory to obtain quick results.

Determining the paternal identity for a child has shifted to the home market with relatively high marks. Consumer confidence is high judging by the sales and market shares.

DIY DNA kits provide instructions for the procedure in collecting DNA samples. The basic instructions include swabbing the inner cheek area with buccal swabs and mailing the samples to a laboratory for processing. Results are usually available online or in the mail within 3 to 5 days. Ideally, lab samples should include father, child, and mother for comparative tests. In the paternity test, genetic profiles of mother and father are compared with the genetic markers of the child.

Sample cell collection procedures may differ depending on the intended use of the information. When used for legal proceedings, sample cell collection may involve third party collection and involves a third party witness for identification and verification of the principals involved. These tests are often conducted for divorce, custody, child support, or inheritance court proceedings.

Are DIY kits legal? Generally, DIY DNA home kit test results are not admissible evidence in a court of law, though some labs will fill out legal forms for the customer. Attorneys are skeptical about whether or not they will be court endorsed because of non-regulated laboratories and possible misuse of the kits by the purchaser. Third party sample collection can be performed that meet legal requirements.

The majority of consumers buying the test kits are young women in their twenties, but men buy the kits also. If the alleged father chooses, he can swab the child’s cheeks for a DNA sample discreetly and send the kit to the laboratory. He can perform the procedure with or without the mother’s knowledge if he has access to the child.

The costs of DNA kits vary. Paternity test kits sold at big chain pharmacies cost an average of $29 and about $120 for the lab testing for a total cost of $149, but certain kits can be found at substantially lower or higher prices.

What do the results reveal?

DIY DNA tests can exclude paternity 100 percent, but can only construct possibilities for biological paternity, but when the percentage is 99.99 using DNA profiles, parents are usually satisfied and confident with the accuracy of results.

DNA paternity tests were made infamous by The Maury Povich show where mothers claimed paternity and males denied allegations, but the famous landmark case was that of the infant of Anna Nicole Smith. After a number of males stepped forward to claim paternity, Larry Birkhead was identified as the father through DNA testing and gained custody of baby Dannielynn.

DNA testing genetic testing has been a reality for more than three decades, in addition to paternity testing it’s used to determine other family relationships, ancestry, and is a valuable tool in forensics for solving crime. Medical science makes use of DNA tests to determine health risks for medical conditions. Someday scientists may be able to alter genes to eliminate disease.

DNA DIY kits are affordably priced and their use may help couples avoid costly court battles as they utilize the kits in the privacy of their homes. When DNA collection is properly performed, the results considered highly accurate.