DNA Testing for Inheritance Claims

Losing loved ones is never easy and an already emotional time can become completely overwhelming when legal matters get involved. It can seem like people come out of the woodwork claiming that they’re biological relatives of your loved one, and they deserve some of what they claim to be rightfully theirs.

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3 Ways DNA Samples Can be Compromised

If you are wanting to get a DNA test, it is likely for one of two reasons: to satisfy your own curiosity or to use as evidence in a court case. While you want reliable results in both situations, accuracy is especially crucial in legal cases, where the results can have serious consequences.

Because DNA test results have to follow the chain of custody procedure to be allowed in court, not all DNA tests are legally admissible. Only DNA tests that have a thoroughly documented chain of custody can be used in court. This requirement prevents DNA tests from becoming compromised, which usually happens in one of three ways.

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The Difference Between a Legal and a Non-Legal DNA Test

If you’re wanting to complete a DNA test for fun, you’ve probably considered purchasing a test kit online. In certain situations, a DNA test isn’t always the way to go. There are vital differences that separate home kits and lab tests, including the fact that lab-based DNA testing is court admissible while home-based testing is not. Why is a court admissible DNA test preferred over a home test? Here are some ways in which legal tests and non-legal tests differ.

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Why Should You Consider Pharmacogenetics Testing?

Pharmacogenetics testing uses a saliva sample to create a genetic profile specific to the patient. Physicians then use the information from the sample to run against a list of medications to determine the patient responses to certain drugs. Continue reading “Why Should You Consider Pharmacogenetics Testing?” »

Simple Ways to Learn More About Your Genetics

It is natural to be curious about your ancestors and where they once lived. Many families do not have extensive records of their history, leaving it to later generations with better technology to solve genealogical mysteries. Our modern tech makes it simpler to delve into the past and uncover the truth about our family origins. Today, Test Smartly Labs will share some easy tips to help you uncover your family’s secrets.

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Keep Safe During Summer Travels

Summer is the best time to get away and go on an adventure to a new place. Many families go away every year during the summer looking to have fun and recharge before the next school year. Make sure you’re properly prepared before you travel so you don’t give yourself a headache. Test Smartly Labs looks at a few ways that you can make sure your summer travels are safe and worry-free.

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Can a Baby Have a Different Eye Color Than Both of His or Her Parents?

Even though most individuals are taught rudimentary genetics in high school biology class, when it comes time for the real-world application of these lessons in real life, it can be tough to recall the fundamentals of genetics.

For instance, one inquiry we field sometimes when most people consult us about paternity DNA testing? “Is it possible for two blue eyed parents have a brown eyed baby?”

There is some confusion when it comes to this topic! Read on for the answer.

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Why Do I Need to Know about Y-DNA for My Testing?

As you get ready for family reunions and other events this summer, are you growing curious about your genetics?

Whether you’re just beginning your ancestry research or you have been delving into your family records for a while, it’s important that you understand the basics of DNA.

Explore Y-DNA with Test Smartly Labs, and learn how DNA testing can provide information gleaned from your Y-DNA.

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How is DNA Testing Used in Immigration?

DNA testing is frequently mentioned in the media due to its use in paternity cases and felonious investigations, but the other ways we use DNA, like in ancestral research, are often overlooked.

For instance: are you aware that DNA is used in immigration cases? While DNA testing is not absolutely essential for every immigration request, there are some situations in which people arriving in the United States will be requested to take a DNA test.

Interested in how DNA testing fits into the entry process? Learn more about DNA testing and immigration below!

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What Happens During Paternity Testing?

Paternity testing is used to prove a blood relationship between a suspected father and children. Establishing paternity can grant a father legal and parental responsibilities. Some courts could order a father to pay child support after proving paternity. Test results may be used to prove inheritance rights or benefit entitlement. Many people have misconceptions about what paternity testing involves. Learn more about the testing process at Test Smartly Labs:

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