Could Your DNA Test Be Compromised?

When you get a blood test it is generally for two reasons — either to satisfy your genealogical curiosity or for use as evidence in legal proceedings. Accuracy is especially crucial in legal cases, where the results carry serious consequences. 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 can happen in any one of the following three ways.

Collections Process

During the collections process, DNA specimens could

  • become cross-contaminated
  • be collected from the wrong person
  • be diluted or have things added to them
  • be collected unlawfully

While in Transfer to the Lab

When the transfer isn’t properly managed or documented, DNA specimens that are in transfer from a lab could be

  • left in extreme or compromising weather
  • tampered with
  • modified in some way

Mislabeled and Mixed Up

Even in the so-called safety of the lab, DNA specimens are never free from the risk of being mishandled, like incorrectly labeling or mixing up samples.

Make Sure Your DNA Tests Are Handled Right

DNA specimen mix-ups aren’t as common as the above information might suggest, they are rare but they have happened before. Reduce your chances of getting incorrect results and keep your legal lab results correct by choosing a  reputable lab that will document every step and procedure of the process carefully. If you are trying to save money by getting an at-home DNA test or using a cheaper company, you might as well just keep your money because you might be getting inaccurate results. Using a professional, experienced lab for results you can trust is the way to go.

Test Smartly Labs offers a variety of DNA tests that can help you learn about your genetic profile. Contact one of our labs today at (816) 800-9699. We have five locations in the greater Kansas City area!

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