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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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?” »

5 Forensic Details TV Gets Wrong

Do you hear that? It’s a song by The Who, playing very faintly in the distance. While shows like CSI and Cold Case are fascinating for their drama and entertaining relationships, they don’t always get the details correct when it comes to forensic and DNA testing procedure. Test Smartly Labs is a certified DNA testing provider that knows the ins and outs of forensic testing. Let’s take a look at five details TV often gets wrong:  Continue reading “5 Forensic Details TV Gets Wrong” »

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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What is mtDNA and Its Impact On Genetic Research?

Eager to learn more about your family after seeing relatives this holiday season? DNA testing can help. Let’s explore mtDNA and how it can be used to further your genetic research.

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