How to take a DNA sample for a DNA Test
It is simple to take a mouth swab for a DNA test. Also, it is painless, which is important when taking a sample from a child.
Cells not Saliva!
Another reason we use the mouth swab is because it is an easy way to collect human cells. In the case of DNA testing, it is the cheek cells we need. People often think it is saliva we need. Although your saliva does contain some cells, these are not enough for the DNA test.
By rubbing on the inside of your cheek for around 20 seconds, the mouth swab will collect enough cheek cells. Also, we provide 2 mouth swabs for each person. We would use the second swab if someone had not collected enough cheek cells on the first.
DNA is robust!
The swabs are air dried by flicking them. This is to reduce any excessive saliva. After this, they get placed in a sample envelope with the persons details on. Your cells (DNA) is very robust, and will last for a few months on the mouth swab.
The video provides a helpful demonstration for collecting your DNA samples.
The instructions within our DNA kits are simple and clear. But if you do have any questions, please call us. One of our team will guide you through the instructions.
BSc (Hons) Bio Medical Science Company Founder and Director
I started the company back in 2005 as a post graduate in Bio Medical Science from John Moores University in Liverpool. I started out with a laboratory in Liverpool and opened 23 DNA Clinics around the UK. My passion has always been to provide people with the best possible advice and support for the testing service they are looking at. I feel we achieve this by having a team of highly educated and dedicated individuals, who also believe in my values.
A lot has happened since 2005 and I have learned a lot as a woman in business. I am proud of what we have achieved, and it still gives me great satisfaction to give opportunities to graduates as they start their careers as young scientists.
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