Our DNA test kits come in two collection formats:
Buccal: Buccal is the "Cheek Swab" Test. A buccal swab is soft and resembles a large Q-Tip. It is used to collect a sample of cheek cells by simply rubbing the inside of the cheeks. It is as accurate as blood, as the DNA is the same. A person should, however, abstain from drinking coffee for a few hours before taking a sample, and smokers should rinse and brush their cheeks with a toothbrush before swabbing.
Blood: If you're considering the blood option, it is quite important that you contact your physician for the collection of blood samples for children under 8 years of age. We offer this option because it is much faster and easier for you to collect. The procedure involves a small lancet that is used to lightly pierce a finger (most don't even feel it). A small drop of blood is then transferred to a collection card - that's it.
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Paternity testing plays a crucial role in resolving many domestic or legal issues related to extra-martial affairs and paternity of an individual. Such paternity tests involve DNA analysis of alleged father and his kids. There are many markers or specific patterns of nucleotides in DNA that run in families and can be analyzed to trace back generations. Such extensive tests require sophisticated instrumentation and may involve sequencing, hybridization or RAPD based DNA fingerprinting of certain marker regions. Most labs use a minimum of 16 DNA markers to confirm the paternity. There are many paternity testing kits available in the market. Buccal Paternity test is one such method in which buccal epithelial cells are scratched out using buccal swabs—cheek swabs that look like longer versions of a cotton swab. From these cells, DNA samples are isolated in the lab and examined for marker patterns or motifs to establish paternity. Such kits often contain all the supplies needed to collect DNA samples for a paternity test. Most of the time, all you need to do is to follow the instructions and send the samples back.