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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.

There are a variety of items that can provide samples of DNA for testing. For example, semen, tissue, cheek cells, and blood cells all contain DNA. Every person has DNA that is both distinct and unique to only him or her. There is one exception however, and that is with identical twins.  DNA can be compared to our individual fingerprints, thanks to the specific nature of DNA testing, relationships can be established. The courts use DNA testing in paternity case because the results a very accurate.

There are advantages and disadvantages to undergoing DNA testing. For example, DNA testing is typically not covered by insurance. When doing DNA testing looking for genetic conditions and diseases, even though we have laws in place that are designed to protect us from health insurance discrimination, many people believe that the results of genetic testing may affect their chances of obtaining insurance coverage.

Family dynamics can be an area of major concern for many people. For most families, the genes within the family are considered to be an heirloom. Therefore, this revolutionary testing might have some negative impact on the family. Furthermore, the testing might reveal relationships that were previously unknown, perhaps paternity, or maybe even reveal family secrets.

This testing can have different types of effects on people both before and after the tests have been conducted. Therefore, it is wise to obtain professional help to deal with these issues and feelings.

The government and courts rely on DNA testing in solving crimes and finding leads. DNA has proven guilt in crimes, as well as proven innocence in some wrongly accused of serious crimes or felonies.

You have most likely seen some advertisements for home DNA testing kits. It is important to remember that they often make promises that they cannot keep. Many home test are offered a a very reduced price or for free. This is just for the DNA collection kit once you purchas or receive the kit you will have to pay for the testing fees. Be sure you know what you are ordering and all the fees you will have to pay before choosing a DNA test.

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