DNA Testing is not as complicated to understand as some may think. Testing can not be processed inside a one hour episode of CSI; however, understanding how it works may help ease the minds of those who need, or want answers to paternity. A paternity test can be used to answer questions such as: Did I find my biological parents? Is this really my child? With the technology available in DNA Paternity testing, these answers can be revealed.
The DNA collection for Paternity Testing
The DNA Collection process is simple and easy. Most people know that using a buccal (cheek) swab is how most DNA Testing laboratories collect samples currently.This is because it is less invasive then collecting a blood sample.
How does swabbing your cheek answer DNA paternity questions?
Although most DNA is identical from person to person, there are portions that are unique, like a fingerprint. These unique portions of DNA are used for paternity testing. When you rub the special swabs on the inside of your cheek, you are collecting skin cells that contain that unique genetic profile. These special buccal swabs are not cotton swabs. They are made of a special material to help capture the cells needed for testing.
The genetic profile of a child is inherited from both biological parents. The profile of the alleged father is compared with the profile of the child in question. This determines if he is the biological father.
The actual DNA test process for obtaining these unique profiles are more scientific. If you are science minded feel free to look at Extracting the DNA from the cells, amplifying DNA for analysis (PCR Process), and measuring DNA for Paternity Testing on our website.