Paternity For Life
Important Update Regarding COVID-19 and Paternity For Life
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At Paternity For Life, we are following all advice provide by both the UK Government, local health authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO) and taking extra precautionary steps to ensure the health and safety of our laboratory staff and customer service team to minimise any disruption to testing

Please be advised our laboratory is still operational, and we are currently not experiencing any delays with processing of samples.

For our Legal Collection Appointments, Paternity For Life recommends using WJ Legal. WJ Legal is a Legal Forensic Sampling Company who can attend your home address for collection of your sample. All WJ Legal Sample Collectors are forensically aware and can safely and hygienically take all needed samples. Our collectors already enforce strict hygiene practices during collections but will be taking extra precautions over the coming weeks including the use of gloves, face masks and sterile wipes.

That being said, if you are experiencing any virus-like symptoms or have travelled overseas in the past 14 days, we recommend delaying your collection or rescheduling your appointment to a later date.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly staff on 0330 133 1944

Personal DNA

Why Would I Need a DNA Profile?

A personal DNA profile provides you with a unique and personal form of genetic identification. Unlike other identification documents, such as your passport, your DNA profile cannot be forged and is unique to you (unless in the case of identical twins).

DNA profiling in real life is not as easy as it is made out to be on crime investigation shows. Finding DNA from an old toothbrush or from strands of hair in a hairbrush are unreliable methods of DNA testing and matching DNA, as the sample are often degraded or contaminated, and the identity of the person the sample has come from cannot be verified. Dental records can also be difficult to obtain and are not as accurate and reliable as a personal DNA profile.

Please note: Personal DNA profiles are used for profiling purposes only, and do not provide information related to other areas such as ancestry or health.

Non-Legal DNA Profile

For a non-legal DNA profile, the sample can be collected by the person to be profiled at home, themselves, via a simple and painless mouth swab. Due to this collection method, a non-legal DNA profile will not be admissible in a court of law and are for peace of mind purposes only.

If you are travelling overseas to remote areas, or are employed in a hazardous occupation, you may consider having a personal DNA profile done before travelling or commencing work. Paternity for Life can offer profiling for individuals in hazardous occupations, such as:

  • Military personnel;
  • Security services in areas such as Afghanistan and Iraq;
  • Non-Government Organisation (NGO) workers;
  • Oil rig employees;
  • Emergency services, such as firefighters

In the event of an accident or disaster, having a DNA profile recorded can assist in determining if a person has been involved. We profile to the International Standard ISO 17025 – which is the same standard used by Forensic Laboratories worldwide. In the event of an incident, your profile can be sent to any forensic laboratory for verification. Having a personal DNA profile can assist in identification following natural disasters, such as tsunamis, or in the event of a violent crime. A DNA profile will greatly reduce the burden on your family in identifying if you were at a disaster location, or involved in an accident.

Paternity For Life is also able to offer genotyping for parents who are concerned about their child’s safety and identification if there is a possibility of abduction or the child becoming missing. Paternity For Life uses the same identification kit as Forensic facilities in United Kingdom and overseas.

Legal DNA Profile

A Personal DNA profile can also be used for legal purposes. A DNA profile can be added to your will in the event of any possible claims on your estate from individuals claiming to be descendants.

The difference between a legal and non-legal Personal DNA profile is how the sample is collected. For a Legal Profile, the sample must be collected using a strict chain of custody. The sample must be collected by an independent third party, usually a doctor or nurse, who will verify ID and ensure that a chain of custody is maintained to guarantee that the samples have not been tampered with to ensure the resulting DNA profile has definitely come from the person in question. This ensures the results will be legally admissible.

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