How To Make Your Own DNA Kit
The MYOK option is available for all private DNA tests.
You may choose this option on your order form when you select your DNA test choice. Please use the Order A DNA Test drop down menu above for your selection. Due to AABB requirements this option is not available for legally admissible testing.
Journey Genetic Testing allows you the option to make your own testing kit when collecting and returning DNA samples to us. This option can save money on shipping a DNA kit to you, as well as save you time as you can ship directly to us without waiting for the testing kit to arrive.
Upon finalization of your order (during regular business hours) you will be e-mailed a submission letter with your unique Bio-Gene DNA case number and the address for mailing your samples. The processing of the samples is conducted in the same time frame as if you used one of our kits – in as little as 1 business days for paternity, maternity, sibling, grandparent, avuncular, and twin zygosity tests!
Non-standard samples being submitted must fit into a standard envelope. If necessary please trim the item to fit (for example a hat band, a piece of clothing with blood, etc) into a regular envelope while making certain the specific area to be tested is included.
DO NOT USE PLASTIC WRAP OR A “ZIP LOCK” BAGGIE FOR STORAGE OF YOUR DNA SAMPLE. THIS MAY CAUSE THE SAMPLE TO DEGRADE AND A GENETIC PROFILE NOT BE ABLE TO BE GENERATED. LAB FEES WILL STILL APPLY AS EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO EXTRACT ENOUGH DNA FOR TESTING.
It is strongly suggested that if you reside outside of the United States and wish to order DNA testing that you use this option as the most cost effective and time efficient method to get the answers you need and deserve.
Please note that we are unable to process any DNA samples without a Journey Genetic Testing case number. Samples that arrive without a case number will be discarded.
Collecting DNA with a cotton swab
Common questions about our Make Your Own Kit option
Yes. It doesn't matter if you use regular cotton swabs (Q-tip style) or buccal swabs for the DNA collection. Cotton swabs are generally 100% cotton topped where buccal swabs are a blended material, however both collect DNA just fine when our instructions are followed.
First, relax. We are sure you will do just fine. We have provided a short video here show to you how to do a mouth swab collection.
Place them in a paper envelope and tape it closed after you have written the information needed on the front of the envelope. Never put a DNA sample in plastic wrap as bacteria can form and corrupt the integrity of the sample.
Private testing does not require verification of a person's identity. Whatever name or initials you put on the envelope is how the test results will be written.