Advances in DNA technology have led to a worldwide increase in the purchase and use of home DNA tests. As their popularity increases it is important to be fully informed on their pros and cons.

Advantages To Using A Home DNA Test

After years of scientific research and advances in technology, the modern day DNA paternity test is now at a stage where it can be purchased online and conducted at home. Once you have selected a DNA testing company, one simply orders a DNA testing kit and it is sent to your home. You are able to take a DNA sample yourself, post it to a lab and wait for the results to be sent to you. It’s that straightforward.

The typical DNA home testing kit will contain 3 sets of oral swabs, individually coloured, with the respective envelopes in which to seal them. A DNA sample is taken by rubbing the oral swab on the inside cheek of the mouth in order to collect cheek cells. DNA is contained within these cells and it is important that the sample contains enough of them to produce a good result. The process is simple and pain free, and, as long as the instructions are read and followed correctly, delivers results that are accurate and reliable.

What makes the home DNA paternity test so popular, however, is that the entire process can be performed in the privacy of your own home, and, in your own time. In the past, a doctor, who took blood samples, performed paternity tests but this new method means that one no longer needs to make doctor appointments or have painful blood tests anymore. Once the kit is sent to you and you have taken the necessary samples, you simply post it to the laboratory address provided and wait for your results. These will typically take between 5-7 working days and results are sent by email and post.

Disadvantages To Using A Home DNA Test

There are some disadvantages to using a home DNA paternity test. A “home test” or “peace of mind” test as it’s also known, will only provide results to satisfy a personal need to know. The results have no legal bearing and cannot be used in a court of law.

For that type of documentation, one would need to purchase a legal DNA test, which would involve DNA samples being taken by a registered nurse or doctor, identification being authenticated and samples sent to the lab by the doctor in question.

The main disadvantage, however, to the home DNA test is the problem of cheating. If a person wanted to avoid a positive paternity result they could easily replace their DNA with someone else’s. This occurs in cases where the alleged father wants to disprove paternity over a child, for example. By the same token, if a woman wanted to cheat on a test she could submit DNA from a different child. Unless the samples are taken in the presence of each other and sent off to the lab immediately, it is sometimes difficult to trust that the samples submitted are accurate.

At easyDNA Canada your home DNA testing kit will be sent to you via courier, at no additional cost, and should reach you within 1 working day once payment has been processed.

easyDNA offers a comprehensive range of DNA Paternity Testing services, designed to shed light on most of today’s identity issues. To contact us with further questions please email info@easydna.net.

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