DNA FINGERPRINTING - Paternity Testing
DNA Fingerprinting is also known as DNA profiling or Genetic Fingerprinting.
WHAT IS DNA?
DNA is a Deoxyribonucleic acid discovered in 1869 which contains the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all known living organisms, including some viruses.
WHY IS DNA IMPORTANT?
DNA profiling is currently been used for identifying criminals or victims and for paternity or maternity tests. Also, Genetic fingerprinting is thought to be a sort of personal identifier as well.
WHO DISCOVERED DNA?
The man who discovered DNA was a 25-year-old Swiss physician, Frederick Miescher, who worked in the laboratory of physiological chemistry of eminent scientist Felix Hoppe-Seyler.
In 1953, Francis Crick and James D. Watson worked out the first accurate structure of DNA.
TYPES OF DNA PATERNITY TESTING
Sample Collection Method
Buccal swab (rubbing on the inside of the mouth) are routinely used to collect samples. This process is quick, easy and painless. Also used in Self-collection (also known as in-home collection)
As soon as the lab receives the samples it begins isolating the DNA particles to generate a DNA Profile for each person involved in the case.
Legal DNA Test
A Legal DNA Fingerprinting Test is often used as evidence in a court of law concerning legal matters such as child support or custody cases, immigration or inheritance claims.
A Legal DNA Test is administered by an authorized laboratory or clinic that serves as a witness through documentation, making the DNA test results admissible in court.
Non-Legal DNA Test
A Non-Legal DNA Test (at home dna test) cannot be used for any legal purposes and is not admissible in a court of law as evidence.
These tests are cheaper and used by people who prefer to collect their own samples (Self-Collection or In-Home Collection) and only need the test to answer family questions, or strictly for personal knowledge.
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DNA Testing Clinics
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