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.

How a DNA Test Might be Compromised

1. DNA Specimens are Mishandled During the Collections Process

DNA specimens could become cross-contaminated during collection or they could be collected from the wrong individual. The samples could be diluted or have things added to them. They could be collected unlawfully. A well-documented chain of custody prevents all of this.

2. DNA Specimens are Mishandled While in Transfer to the Lab

A well-documented chain of custody helps ensure that DNA specimens are not left in extreme weather, tampered with, or modified in any way on their way to the lab.

3. DNA Specimens Mislabeled and Mixed Up

DNA specimens are never totally safe, even when they’re in the lab. A well-documented chain of custody helps ensure that all specimens that are processed by the lab are labeled clearly and that handled properly so the results are not confused.

Ensure Your DNA Results are Safe

While DNA specimen mix-ups are rare, they do happen from time to time. You can reduce the chance of mistakes by choosing a very reputable lab that will document all procedures carefully. With DNA testing, the risk of getting a false result is not worth the money you would save by trying to do the test at home or by hiring the cheapest company. Use a professional, experienced lab for results you can trust!

Test Smartly Labs provides confidential and accurate DNA tests. To learn more about our DNA Testing Services, contact Test Smartly Labs today at (816) 800-9699. We have five lab locations in the greater Kansas City area!

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