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Archive for June, 2011

Tip of the Month – June 2011

posted by DNA Identifiers @ 4:20 PM
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Approximately 5% of samples (1 in every 20) needs to be re-extracted due to an insufficient amount of DNA on a buccal swab. A low amount of DNA on a buccal swab is generally the result of a short sample collection time. To ensure that sufficient DNA will be collected, we recommend a collection time of 30 seconds for each swab.

Re-extracting samples due to low DNA adds considerable effort and time and can result in a reporting delay of test results as well as additional fees. By swabbing for at least 30 seconds you can ensure the collection of enough DNA on the swab so that we do not have to re-run your samples and that you will receive your results without delay.

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Tip of the Month – May 2011

posted by DNA Identifiers @ 4:16 PM
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

When sending samples to the laboratory via FedEx, DHL, UPS, or any carrier that provides a tracking number, we highly recommend that you record the tracking number prior to releasing the package to the shipper. If the samples do not arrive at the laboratory by the expected date and time, the package can easily be tracked to determine where the package is as well as the new expected delivery time.

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Tip of the Month – April 2011

posted by DNA Identifiers @ 4:10 PM
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Starting May 1, 2011, if sample envelopes do not contain the AABB required information, we will be unable to accept them for legal cases.

At minimum, AABB requires the following information be present on all sample envelope:

1. A unique identification for each sample collected (for example the patient name)
2. Collection Date
3. Initials of the sample collector
4. The signature of the individual being collected or the signature of the individual with legal authority accompanying a minor child/legally incompetent adult verifying that the information for items 1-3 is accurate.

All our Sample Envelopes have space for this required information.

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Tip of the Month – March 2011

posted by DNA Identifiers @ 4:04 PM
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Located near the top right hand corner of the chain of custody is a section labeled “TPA Case Number.” This section is for your client case number. The information supplied in this section will appear on your laboratory report as “TPA Case Number.” Using this number we can efficiently look up your specific DNA testing case.

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Tip of the Month – February 2011

posted by DNA Identifiers @ 3:58 PM
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The AABB 9th Edition Standard 5.3 states that when testing first degree relationships (paternity or maternity), autosomal loci must be included for all legal tests.

This means that anytime we are comparing a child to a possible father, a child to a possible mother, or possible full siblings (full vs. half or full vs. unrelated) autosomal loci must be included. Autosomal loci are the standard 16 markers used in testing. A Y chromosome or Mitochondrial DNA test can be run in addition to the autosomal test, and cannot be the ONLY test run for first degree relationships.

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Tip of the Month – January 2011

posted by DNA Identifiers @ 3:50 PM
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

If collecting samples for a case on different dates or at different times (i.e. the child on Monday and the possible father on Friday) it is best to hold onto the first set of samples so that they can be shipped with the second set of samples in the same package.

If the collections are occurring at separate locations and the samples cannot be shipped together, it is best to document on the chain of custody the names of the other individuals who’s samples we will be sending samples for. By including all the names of the individuals on both chain of custody forms we will be able to more readily match up the case when the samples come in separately so that there is no delay in reporting your results.

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