DNA FAQs

If you would like a sample collection kit sent to you, It can be ordered here.
For preparing your sample at home, follow the instructions below:

Directions for preparing sample at home:

  • You will need: two sterile cotton swabs or q- tips, 1 paper envelope and a larger paper envelope or mailer.
  • Before you begin sampling, please label the outside of the envelope with your name, email address, phone number, order number, and date the sample was collected. If you wish to compare the sample to another sample that was previously tested, please specify the order number for that sample and a brief description of the sample.
  • Use each swab one at a time by scraping the inside of the participants cheek for 10 seconds. Repeat with the second swab.
  • Allow the swabs to dry.
  • Place the swabs in the labeled envelope for the participant.
  • Seal the envelope with tape- DO NOT LICK THE ENVELOPE
  • Place the sample envelope in a larger paper mailer or envelope and return to 2450 Hollywood Blvd, Suite 700, Hollywood, FL 33020.

DNA is found in sperm, not semen. If an individual is vasectomized or azoospermic (producing no sperm), or oligospermic (producing very little sperm), DNA will only be available from the epithelia cells shed during ejaculation. The success rate of DNA extraction of a vasectomized or azoospermic individual is greatly reduced but still possible. Another reason a male DNA profile may not be produced could be due to a degraded sample. In badly degraded samples, bacteria attack the cells and inhibit the binding of the primers during the PCR amplification process. Storing a moist sample in a Ziploc bag is the number one cause of this type of failure. If you see mold or mildew on a sample, you should expect DNA extraction not to work.

The results of a DNA extraction with comparison are not admissible in court of law because there are no special handling requirements or a valid chain of custody.

A reference sample is used for inclusion or exclusion purposes. You may submit your sample as a reference or submit your partner’s sample. The results will state if you or your partner were a DNA donor or if a third party was the DNA donor.

The age of the DNA contributor and the name of the DNA contributor cannot be determined from a DNA test.

DNA testing can determine if the DNA donor is human, the gender of the DNA donor, and can determine if the donor matches the reference sample.

The majority of DNA is generally found in sperm. If sperm are not present but PSA is, it is possible that there is a small amount of DNA found in white blood cells and epithelial cells that could be extracted and produce a DNA profile

DNA may be found in epithelial cells (skin cells) or other vaginal cells shed during intercourse.

The majority of DNA is found in sperm and not in seminal fluid. It can also be found in epithelial (skin) cells which can come from either a male or female. Saliva and blood also contain DNA and therefore, it is important to ensure that one of these bodily fluids is present on the sample before proceeding with DNA testing

No, the results from our DNA testing are not compatible with any other genealogy testing companies