What Happens With My DNA Samples In The Lab?
DNA testing for paternity, siblingship, and other relationship testing, is the most accurate when the process uses Short Tandem Repeat, commonly called STR, for determining the likelihood of a relationship. This is a different process than used by most ancestry type tests, and involves testing two or more individuals and looking to determine if they are related. STRs are short repeated sequences of DNA that account for about 3% of the human genome. The number of repeat sequences is varies a lot among individuals, which offers the best option when examined and analyzed for identification.
These STRs sequences are used in a process called polymerase chain reaction (PCR), which is a biochemical technology used to expand and multiply a specific DNA “target” in a test tube. Using this technology, the laboratory specialists can find a “needle in a haystack” and then make billion of identical copies of the “needle”. After the PCR reaction, the amplified DNA is then visualized and analyzed by agarose gel electrophoresis. A standard thermal cycler instrument is used to do the PCR test.
This technology is the most advanced processing method available today. Our testing facility is always training and updating, and is always a leader in the industry.
After the analyzing is done, the report is completed and delivered to you. The sibling DNA test samples you provided are only kept for 30 days, in case additional testing is something you want to do. After the 30 days, the samples are destroyed, and all personal data is wiped from our database for your privacy. We never provide your personal information, or your DNA information, to anyone. That means we do not provide it to other labs for research, or to private, public, or government databases, or use it for internal research. Your DNA is yours. We mention this because it is a common practice to not identify what happens to DNA samples, and the information is commonly monetized and provided to other agencies “anonymously”.
We have never, and will never, violate your privacy in any manner.