Can a DNA Test Reveal Your True Love?

As DNA testing professionals, we’ve heard of the many strange ways people use DNA tests. Can you believe that companies are promising that they can pinpoint your perfect match through genetic analysis?

Can Cupid really be found in a test tube, or are these ridiculous claims? Let’s explore whether a DNA test can really be used for effective matchmaking.

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Understand Your Rights as a Grandparent

The second Sunday in September is National Grandparents’ Day. We know you love your grandchildren, and it’s important to know what legal rights you have as a grandparent. Exactly what those rights entail vary based on your situation, and it varies from state to state. Missouri has its own regulations regarding grandparents visitation and even legal guardianship. Continue reading “Understand Your Rights as a Grandparent” »

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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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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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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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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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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