Types of DNA samples
DNA can be obtained through a variety of collection methods, including:
The preferred collection method for adults and children, two swabs are rubbed firmly on the inside of each cheek for about 15 seconds. For most people, this process is completely painless.
Umbilical cord blood
A blood sample is collected from a child's umbilical cord at birth—a process that is completely painless for the child. This procedure must be discussed prior to delivery with the attending Nurse Midwife or Obstetrician/Gynecologist to ensure their willingness to collect the sample. A collection kit must be requested from Memorial Blood Centers at least two weeks prior to the scheduled delivery date. Testing with umbilical cord blood will require collection of buccal swab samples from both the mother and alleged father(s).
Collected from the mother during pregnancy, this procedure must be discussed with the attending Nurse Midwife or Obstetrician/Gynecologist. Testing with amniotic fluid will require collection of buccal swab samples from both the mother and the alleged father(s).
Chorionic Villi Sample (CVS)
This sample is collected from the mother during pregnancy and must be discussed with a Nurse Midwife or Obstetrician/Gynecologist. CVS testing will require collection of buccal swab samples from both the mother and the alleged father(s).
Blood or tissue samples taken from a deceased individual may be used for DNA testing.
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