How Does Immigration DNA Testing Work?

Immigration policies have been under a microscope lately, with political debates about immigration reform swirling and high concerns about refugee admission. Since we are an AABB-accredited lab, we know all about how biological relationships are established and confirmed during the immigration process.

Here’s how DNA testing fits into the immigration petition process:

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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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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” »

Parents: Have You Thought about a DNA Test for Your Adopted Child?

For many families, adopting a child is the culmination of years of dreaming. Bringing a child into your family can be incredibly rewarding, yet in some ways, difficult. After all, as a parent you want the very best for your child — but when key information, such as their biological family health history, is not available, providing the best care can prove hard.

Fortunately, DNA testing can provide some answers that adoptive parents may seek.

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What Form of Paternity Testing is Best for Me?

There is a variety of paternity testing available to help parents confirm the paternity of a child. Today we’ll take a look at your paternity testing options. Each method has its pros and cons, so you should be aware of all the facts.

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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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How Can a Genealogy Hobby Help Police Catch a Killer?

Most people take up bowling or pottery for hobbies, but there is a group of people who enjoy genetic genealogy to help them to relax. Thanks to these hobbyists, breakthroughs have been made in some of the most famous cold cases in the United States.  Continue reading “How Can a Genealogy Hobby Help Police Catch a Killer?” »

Can You Test for DNA Without a Father or Without His Knowledge?

DNA testing determines the identity of a child’s father. These tests are usually conducted with the suspected father’s knowledge and participation, like when paternity confirmation is required for child support or custody purposes. Continue reading “Can You Test for DNA Without a Father or Without His Knowledge?” »

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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