You Shouldn’t Delay DNA Testing: Here’s Why

Since DNA testing — particularly ancestry testing — isn’t always viewed as a necessity, sometimes people feel they can push off their testing. While this certainly isn’t the case in terms of legally-needed processes, like immigration DNA testing or testing for criminal cases, when it comes to other types, people think the test can wait. We’re here to tell you that when the time comes, you will appreciate having your DNA test results already.

Here are the main reasons why now is the time for DNA testing!

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Lab-Based Paternity Testing vs. an Over-the-Counter Paternity Test Kit

As paternity testing providers in the Kansas City area, we receive a lot of calls inquiring about the differences between lab-based paternity testing and over-the-counter paternity test kit you see at the drugstore or online.

We’re all about DIY, except when it comes to matters that can have huge legal and personal repercussions. That’s why we think it’s key that you know what separates lab-based paternity testing from the at-home kits, particularly if you are pondering which one to buy!

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Four Reasons Why Now is a Great Time for a DNA Test

Every new year, we notice an increase in interest for our DNA testing services. Since we pride ourselves on being discreet and respecting our clients’ privacy, we can’t say for certain why DNA testing spikes in popularity in the winter months — but we have done some thinking on the matter and identified 4 reasons why DNA testing seems well-suited for this time of year.

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Learn More About Your Birth Parents or Relatives

People visiting testing offices for a number of reasons. Some need to prove a biological relationship for legal reasons. Some are simply interested in learning more about their ancestry. Some are undergoing the immigration process. And some are adopted, seeking more information on their biological parents and other birth relatives.

There are a number of legal steps one can take to learn more about biological relatives, including birth parents. Here’s where you can start.

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Are You Making These Mistakes During Your Ancestry Research?

Ancestry research can be a long, slow, frustrating process. It takes time to pull information together, whether you’re gathering it from books, online, family records, or simply talking with your relatives. If you’re not careful, there are some mistakes you can make as you go through this process. Let’s examine some of those mistakes and how correcting them can help you get answers and save time.

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What is AABB-Accredited DNA Testing & Why Does It Matter?

Due to the prevalence of mail-order DNA test kits, more people are trying to learn about their genetic background.

However, DIY DNA testing isn’t the most reliable despite the promises made by manufacturers. Let Test Smartly Labs explain what it means to be an AABB-accredited lab and why this accreditation is so important when it comes to DNA testing.

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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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Proving Maternity with DNA Testing

While paternity testing is well known, did you know that there is also a DNA test available to prove maternity? While maternity DNA tests are requested less frequently than paternity tests, a maternal DNA test may be legally requested if a court ever wants to medically verify a mother for legal reasons. A court could request verification if there has been a hospital mix-up, or in foster care, adoption, or immigration cases.   Continue reading “Proving Maternity with DNA Testing” »

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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