How to Use the DNA Testing Kit
Using your DNA testing kit is very simple and straightforward, and essentially, the difference in kits from one company to the next is small. Instructions are explained in a simple and to the point manner. They will tell you how to collect your DNA samples, what to do and whatnot do to when taking DNA samples. Here below you can get a good idea of how to collect the DNA samples for your paternity test.
Let’s begin by explaining what you will find when you open your kit besides the instruction manual.
- You will find three coloured envelopes
- Inside each envelope you will find 2 coloured mouth swabs.
- You will also find the submission forms (sometimes referred to as consent forms). These forms are to be filled in and sent back along with your DNA samples.
You will also receive a pre-addressed envelope. After samples have been collected, you need to place your samples and consent forms in this envelope, affix a stamp and post it. If you need to speak to someone about your paternity test in Canada, why not Contact Us?
My DNA Testing Kit: How do I collect my Samples?
- Take each coloured swab and rub it for ten seconds inside the mouth.
- Leave the swabs to dry for about 1 hour (be careful to make sure swabs from different people do not come into contact with each other)
- Once the swabs have been left to dry you put them back into the corresponding envelopes.
- Make sure you use both swabs for every person, and that they are labelled correctly.
Just a few precautions for a Home Paternity Test:
- Follow and read instruction provided in your home testing kit carefully.
- Do not touch the cotton end of the swab- you could contaminate it and ruin thesample.
- Do not eat or drink for 1 hour before taking samples; you can however, drink lukewarm water
- Do not smoke anything for 1 hour prior to testing
If precautions and instructions are not followed, the samples prove useless for laboratory analysis. You will be in such a case contacted to submit new samples. In some cases, issues with incorrectly collected DNA samples will be apparent before testing has commenced. In other cases, it is only once testing has started that problems with the DNA samples are identified. In such cases, you will have no paternity test result and will need to resubmit new samples for another test.
It is also important to do the following:
You must carefully fill out all the submission forms providing the required details for all people taking part in the test. If you do not do this, new forms will have to be sent to you as you are expected to fill these in appropriately with signatures and some basic personal details. Whilst this happens, all laboratory testing will be put on hold.
You can opt to send back your samples by registered mail; however, we do suggest using a courier service. There is always a chance that your samples get lost or perhaps delayed in the post (think of the delays in postage for the December-January months).
If you have any questions about your particular case, do not hesitate to contact our customer support team who can help you choose the right test for your requirements.
Feel free to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page and find answers to the most common queries people have about DNA testing.