Here are the five most frequently asked questions about DNA testing in Nigeria.
- What is DNA?
According to MedlinePlus “DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, is the hereditary material in humans and almost all other organisms. Nearly every cell in a person’s body has the same DNA”
An individual inherits one-half of his/her DNA from each biological parent. It is established at conception when the sperm fertilizes the egg. In humans, DNA is found in most cells of the body. Though a large percentage of DNA is the same from person to person because similar biological processes occur in all people, a small percentage of each person’s DNA is highly variable between different people, and every individual, with the exception of identical twins. It is the person’s unique DNA make-up that allows DNA testing to accurately and powerfully identify that individual.
- How would my DNA sample be collected?
A DNA sample is collected by rubbing a soft swab along the inside of the cheek – a process that is gentle enough for newborns. For a Legal test, one of our authorized agents will verify your identity and collect the cheek swab. For peace of mind test, you can collect the samples yourself, using kits that the DNA Testing Centre sends to you.
- Is my information and result confidential?
As with other areas of clinical medicine or science, confidentiality is important in genetic testing. For that reason, DNA testing centers do not publish the DNA profile of the individuals being tested.
- Where are samples analyzed?
All samples are analyzed by experienced scientists in ISO 9001 Testing Laboratory. DNA testing labs employ some of the best DNA and toxicology scientists to ensure the highest level of technical ability and standards. This ensures that your DNA or toxicology reports are of the highest standards.
- Are DNA tests reliable?
DNA testing is the most conclusive method available to prove biological relationships. When done properly, DNA testing allows proof of parentage at levels of certainty that are beyond a reasonable doubt. To ensure you receive the most reliable results possible, you should select an experienced and accredited laboratory.