There has been an increase in the need for Forensic DNA Testing experienced by easyDNA, the international DNA relationship testing company, and most of these appear to involve proving or disproving paternity in relation to deceased relatives.
Toronto, CANADA – 31/08/2007 Easy DNA is an internationally known DNA testing company, and they have experienced an increase in demand for DMA Forensic Screening, the majority being connected with establishing the paternity of the subject to a deceased relative. The company has been commissioned to handle some difficult and complex cases that have enhanced its reputation by their success in solving them.
A spokesman for easyDNA expanded on this, with the statement, “A typical client requiring a Forensic DNA test needs a DNA profile of the deceased so that they can carry out a paternity test and prove their paternity to the deceased. Occasionally, they want to prove the deceased to be their father, but in either case it is normally an inheritance that is involved. That’s the reason behind most family relationship disputes. In these cases we let the client know what type of sample is acceptable, how to take the sample and how and where to send it.
“If the deceased is only recently dead then a sample of hair or nail clipping will be acceptable. If the body cannot be accessed, then envelopes or stamps that have been licked, clothing or anything containing hair samples such as combs, hair brushes or bedding will likely provide the necessary sample, and even a scraping of the bedroom carpet should provide sufficient hair should be able to prove that it belongs to the deceased. Should an exhumation be necessary, and it has been legally approved, the client can employ a trained professional to collect bone or teeth samples. Such samples do not offer a 100% chance of success, but are better than nothing, and easyDNA have had a lot of success with them.”
Clients needing more information should contact easyDNA directly for advice, and the firm also provides a website with full details on what non-standard samples are useful along with the probability of successfully extracting sufficient DNA for analysis from each of them. Check it out the DNA testing services website and go the section on ‘DNA Forensics’.