It doesn’t work the way it used to.
We say that about air conditioners and laundry machines. But it’s also true of DNA testing.
In a good way.
New technology allows us to test someone’s DNA better than ever before. Science is evolving at a rapid pace – and this means more answers are coming by the day that are tucked inside things like genes, alleles, chromosomes and molecules.
DNA is paving the way to the future.
Why would you need a DNA test?
Some of the reasons people need DNA tests are obvious and nothing new:
- Paternity testing
- Check for DNA at the scene of a crime
- Check to see if two people are related
- Verify biological relationships in the Immigration process
But did you know there are other ways a DNA test can be extremely useful?
- Research your ancestors and ethnicity
- Find out certain things during pregnancy about an unborn baby
- Research medical conditions
- Collect your child’s DNA to prepare for a “worst case scenario”
DNA testing can tell you a lot about a person or event!
What’s DNA again?
If you don’t recall the days of high school biology and chemistry – we’ll give you a refresher.
DNA’s long name is deoxyribonucleic acid, and it’s a molecule that carries an important code – called a genetic code. DNA lives in the cells of your body.
This code tells your body how to work and act. Your DNA impacts everything from your hair color to determining if you’re at risk of certain diseases or if you carry a genetic disorder. Everything that lives (including plants and animals) carries DNA.
DNA is as unique as a fingerprint.
While all humans have the same genes arranged in the same way, the few differences within our human genome are what make us different from one another… or in some cases of like ancestry DNA testing … what make us the same.
How does DNA between parents, kids and ancestors work?
DNA testing is how we do paternity testing because half of your genetic code came from your biological mother, and the other half came from your biological father.
DNA tests can look at a man (or woman’s) DNA, compare it with a child’s DNA and determine paternity in an efficient, reliable way. If there’s a match between the man’s DNA and the child’s DNA, that is proof of paternity.
Maternity testing can also be done this way.
How does ancestry DNA testing work?
In April 2003, something MAJOR happened in the course of human history. Scientists mapped the entire human genome.
What this opened up was the ability to classify people based on their genes. For example, biology and genetics determined people who originated from certain places or groups, like Sweden or Native American tribes, for example, all had similarities within their genetic codes.
This “key” or “map” to how the entire world’s genetic code works opened up the door for people to get DNA testing and understand the regions their ancestors may have been first born.
This was especially appealing to many:
- Adopted children, or those unsure of their biological relatives
- Hereditary and ancestry buffs who plan the family reunions
- Many Americans – as most of us are part of the “melting pot” and cannot accurately share the story of origins of our ancestors
It’s a universal human desire to understand where we came from, and for many, DNA testing provides those answers that used to be unavailable until now.
Can you use DNA tests in court?
Famous court cases often involve DNA testing results to prove or disprove someone’s innocence.
Forensic DNA testing on the scene of a crime is common, and if you need these services, our team at Test Smartly Labs can help.
Our highly-trained professionals work with many law enforcement agencies, case workers and clerks to get defensible evidence to be used as evidence.
We’ve been DNA testing for years and will follow the proper collection, analysis and reporting processes to make sure you have what you need to protect the innocent. We also offer DNA matching in the event you need to verify a deceased person’s identity.
To get started, contact us.