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.
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:
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.
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.