DNA analysis has led to the development of a wide variety of tests that help people discover if there is a biological connection with others. As time went by and new technologies were developed, the first DNA home test kits were created. Laboratories discovered many people could not access these tests, because they did not live in the same city where the laboratories were located. Traveling hundreds of miles was not an option for these people. The laboratories offer an at home DNA test that can be purchased online from the comfort of your own home. The principle is simple: if people cannot travel to the lab to provide their samples, they can send the samples via the traditional courier service. But how do these tests work?
Only saliva is required
Once you buy a test from the lab’s website, you will receive a kit with everything you need. If you are worried about needles, there is nothing to be afraid of. The kit includes two pairs of swabs that you will use to collect saliva from the people who will take part in the test. For example, with a paternity test, saliva samples must be provided by both the father and the child. This is done by rubbing the swabs on the inside of the cheeks in a circular motion. Once you have rubbed the swabs 8 to 10 times, you should place them into the specially designed containers. Finally, all you have to do is fill in all the information requested in the kit and send it to the address shown. The process is very simple and quick so anyone can do it. The best part is that you do it all without leaving your home.
What does the laboratory do with the samples?
Once the samples arrive at the lab, they will be separated into two parts. This is done so that two experts, separately, analyze the samples. Once the results are obtained, they are compared and if they are not identical, a report is generated and the laboratory sends it to you by email or by traditional courier. You choose how you want to receive the report. If the two results are different, the lab will run a second round of tests. As you can see, the laboratories have an extensive procedure that they follow to the letter. It is the same procedure they would follow if you were to bring the samples to the lab in person.