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Professional DNA Collecting – The Scary Side of Clients

posted by DNA Identifiers @ 3:14 PM
Thursday, September 27, 2012

Collecting DNA samples from individuals can be a very intimate situation. In most cases, the clients are nervous and anxious, which is understandable since the DNA test results can be life changing. Generally, meeting with clients and performing the collection goes well and everyone is on their best behavior. However, sometimes we find ourselves in emotionally charged situations and it can be a little unsettling, especially when the collection is performed by a mobile collector at the home of the clients. Regardless or where the collection takes place, we always hope that there is no fighting, or worse, violence, while performing the DNA collection service.

A recent news report reminds us that we need to always be careful  - we never know what the true situation is and we never know if the people that we are collecting DNA from are sane. For example:

According to the Arlington, Texas police, a man by the name of Thomas Olivas, age 29, was arrested in the death of his ex-girlfriend, Mechelle Danielle Gandy, age 26, and her 1 year old child, a boy, Asher Rion Olivas.

Police reported that, on March 2011, Thomas murdered the mother and child by stabbing Mechelle to death, and then dousing the room where Asher was sleeping in his crib with gasoline, and then lighting the apartment on fire. His motives are said to be that he did not want to pay child support and called Asher “the devil’s child” on Facebook. A forensic DNA paternity test was performed using the child’s remains and as it turned out, Thomas Olivas WAS the father of the child. The mother and child were buried in Moore Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Arlington.

It is these types of terrible tragedies that concern us. We realize that we are working with people who could be criminally insane, dangerous and emotionally unstable. It’s not something that we wish to be caught up in. We feel for any family that has to endure such a terrible ordeal!

Author: Meagan Thompson

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No DNA Test Is Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Love Child Really His?

posted by DNA Identifiers @ 2:40 PM
Thursday, September 22, 2011

Multiple sources have confirmed that Arnold Schwarzenegger never asked for a DNA test to prove he was the father of Mildred Baena’s child.  In addition, Mildred Baena has yet to establish paternity which typically requires a DNA test.

Sources state that Baena’s husband was out of the country when the child was conceived and that he did not return until shortly before the baby was born.  In addition it is said that the child bears a striking resemblance to Schwarzenegger and to Schwarzenegger’s youngest son Christopher.

According to the American Association of Blood Banks an agency that also monitors DNA Paternity Testing, 3.5 out of 10 Paternity Test comes back as a negative.

Is Arnold Schwarzenegger safe to assume Mildred Baena’s child is his with out a DNA Test? Appearances can be deceiving especially when it comes to a persons DNA. Do you think Arnold Schwarzenegger should insist on a DNA test?

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DNA Testing – Are You Raising Someone Else’s Child?

posted by DNA Identifiers @ 10:45 AM
Friday, November 5, 2010

By Tom LeBaron

Back in the 1700s, the best way to determine who a persons father was, was by taking a good hard look at the child, followed by a good hard look at the father. If there were enough coincidences then maybe a relationship could be possible. by the 1800s, it was discovered that eye color could be a paternity identifier. With recent DNA advances we have learned that the eye color theory is flawed. We now know that eye colour is determined by at least six different alleles, or genetic markers. Fortunately paternity testing has become a lot easier and much more affordable over the past few years due to advances in DNA science.

Although an estimated 200,000 DNA tests are conducted each year by states needing to determine child-support and welfare issues, not as many people are willing to conduct their own at-home paternity test because they don’t realize the simplicity and convenience of an at-home paternity test.

How does home DNA testing work?

Paternity testing requires a painless sample from both the child and possible father. Even without a sample from the mother, DNA paternity test results are up to 99.9% accurate. Most companies provide testing material which they will mail directly to you so that you can provide the samples.

Because of advances in DNA testing it is no longer necessary to draw blood. Buccal (mouth) swabs are the standard. These swabs have the same genetic information that is carried in blood but none of the hazards. By gently massaging the inside of the child’s mouth, cheek cells are collected. These cells are then sent to the lab for testing. Labs analyze up to sixteen genetic markers of the child and match them against the markers of the alleged father. Because each of us receives half our genetic markers from each parent, the results of DNA paternity testing are still accurate without the DNA information of the mother but a really good test will include the mother this helps insure that there is no chance of a false positive.

What else can a DNA test do?

DNA test kits can also be used to analyze sibling relationships, establish cousin or grandparent relationships, determine twin zygosity (i.e. whether twins are fraternal or identical), identify ancestral origin, verify Native American decent, assure parents they left the hospital with the right baby, and most important, provide legal evidence – be prepared to pay a bit more for legal tests. Legal tests can be used to settle adoption issues, settle child-support disputes, and provide information for immigration files. Legal tests can not be preformed using a home test kit.

How to choose a DNA laboratory

  • Accreditation is a vital part of choosing a laboratory. Accredited labs have an annual audit and inspection, undergo internal and external reviews, and have their equipment calibrated for accuracy. Look for an ISO and/or AABB certification. Accredited labs will have a good reputation and near 100% track record for court cases.
  • Make sure you understand all the fees.  Keep an eye out for hidden fees. Some companies will charge you for the kit and then charge you again for the results.  This is especially true of kits purchased at a pharmacy or store.
  • Double check when you order your kit that you’re only buying the results you need.  If you need a test for any official purpose (changing a name or birth certificate) Make sure you are getting a legal test.
  • Ask about privacy. Make sure that your identity and intentions are kept secure.

Enjoy piece of mind. Be confident that the questions you have can be answered and that DNA testing is safe easy and stress-free.

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To Be The Father Or Not To Be…

posted by DNA Identifiers @ 3:17 PM
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

By Martin Myers

Before you can truly understand the importance of DNA paternity testing, you must first understand the DNA element involved and why DNA is used to establish paternity. DNA is the map of your genetic makeup. Each and every person has a different map of DNA. This having been said, persons who belonging to certain ethnic backgrounds, or certain races, can have DNA that shows related characteristics. No two people, except for identical twins will have the same DNA.

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DNA Testing – An Overview Of This Revolutionary Scientific Breakthrough

posted by DNA Identifiers @ 2:41 PM
Tuesday, August 17, 2010

By Brook Hayles

What is DNA testing?  DNA testing is specified testing that searches for the absence or presence of DNA genetic sequences.  DNA testing makes use of molecular methods like DNA chips, arrays, or polymerase chain reaction. Your genetic makeup is carried inside your cells nucleus, which contains the DNA material.

Deoxyribonucleic acid is the scientific term for DNA. DNA determines the cells behavior, function, and structure. What is great about DNA is that not only can it tell the identity of a person, but it can also give information about thousands genetic conditions and diseases.

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How To Get A DNA Test

posted by DNA Identifiers @ 2:06 PM
Tuesday, August 17, 2010

By Alex Blake

There are many reasons why people want to get a DNA test.  Although people often see DNA testing used in TV forensics shows, one of the biggest reasons for getting a DNA test is to determine paternity. DNA paternity testing determines if a man is the father of a particular child. DNA maternity tests, sibling tests, aunt and uncle tests and even grandparent test are also available. For those who are interested in genealogy or ethnic origins, many DNA labs now offer DNA ancestry testing.

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Using A Home DNA Test Kit

posted by DNA Identifiers @ 11:19 AM
Friday, April 9, 2010

By Peter Vine

A home DNA test kit is exclusively used only at the sampling stage of a home based DNA paternity test. The key components in the kit is usually a set cotton swabs, and some DNA sample envelopes. These two components allow the obtaining of the DNA material which will ultimately be used to determine the biological relationship of a child to the possible parents.

Using a home DNA test kit is very straightforward and requires so little expertise, that a child could preform the collection.

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Top 5 Misconceptions About DNA Testing

posted by DNA Identifiers @ 10:31 AM
Friday, April 9, 2010

By Groshan Fabiola

An increase in stories in the media about many uses for DNA tests has caught the public attention in a big way.  DNA testing is big business, in many fields. Programs like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Heroes and even popular soap opera’s regularly feature DNA tests as the basis for their often thrilling story lines.  While these television shows are informative in many cases they also encourage many misconceptions about DNA testing, in addition the public seems to believe that DNA testing can fix a variety of life’s problems.  The real miracle stories are far less talked about and even more amazing than TV dramas and soap operas can convey.

So what are some of the most common misconceptions about DNA testing?

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Pros and Cons of Prenatal DNA Paternity Testing (Pre-birth DNA)

posted by DNA Identifiers @ 4:07 PM
Tuesday, February 16, 2010

There are currently only two reliable methods of prenatal, prebirth DNA Paternity or genetic testing – Amniocentesis and Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS). Both are also more typically used to detect birth defects with the fetus. There is generally quite a bit of confusion about both methods of testing. Please allow us to explain:

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Twins Have Two Different Fathers!

posted by DNA Identifiers @ 3:24 PM
Thursday, February 4, 2010

A mother of twins in Texas discovers that they have two separate fathers. The mother, Mia Washington, cheated on her partner, James Harrison, with another man. One of her eggs was fertilized by James Harrison’s sperm and the second egg was fertilized by the other man, thereby causing fraternal twins with two separate fathers. (Identical twins occur when a single egg is fertilized by a single sperm and then, when it is a zygote, splits into two which creates a natural clone of it’s self. A DNA test to determine if twins are fraternal or identical is called a Twin Zygosity Test.)

In order for it this to occur,

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