Analysis of Non-Standard Samples

A mouth swab sample is always the best type of sample for our DNA tests. However, if you cannot send a mouth swab sample for any of the people to test, we can accept other samples. Please read below the information on the non-standard samples we can accept and the requirements for each of them. Please contact us if you have any questions on how to collect and ship these samples.

Type of Sample Instructions Shipping Success Rate*

Dry Blood

On used band aids, tampons, sanitary napkins, bloody tissues, etc. Allow the sample to dry completely before placing it on a clean, paper envelope.

Ship in paper envelope. Label the envelope with the type of sample and with its identification.

75% - 95%

Prenatal Fluids/Cultures

Amniotic fluid or CVS cells. The sample must be presented on a FTA Card.

Ship in paper envelope. Label the envelope with the type of sample and with its identification.

95%

Nail Clippings

You must send at least 5 trimmed nails. Nails cannot be dirty or have nail polish.

Ship in paper envelope. Label the envelope with the type of sample and with its identification.

95%

Nasal Discharge

On a kleenex or handkerchief. Used tissues full of mucus usually work well if the person does not have an infection (cold, flu, fever).

Ship in paper envelope. Label the envelope with the type of sample and with its identification.

90%

Hairs

You must send at least 7-8 strands of hair with visible root or follicles. Hair that has been cut or collected from a hair brush or comb will not work.

Ship in paper envelope. Label the envelope with the type of sample and with its identification.

80%

Ear Wax

You must send at least 2 Q-tips with visible ear wax.

Ship in paper envelope. Label the envelope with the type of sample and with its identification.

80%

Chewing Gum

Sugar free and a fresh sample is always recommended. Allow the sample to dry completely before placing it in a clean, paper envelope. Avoid touching the gum with your fingers when collecting the sample.

Ship in paper envelope. Label the envelope with the type of sample and with its identification.

75%

Dental Floss

You must send at least 2 strands of dental floss. Allow the sample to dry completely before placing it in a clean, paper envelope. Avoid touching the gum with your fingers when collecting the sample.

Ship in paper envelope. Label the envelope with the type of sample and with its identification.

75%

Sperm/Semen

You must collect the sample with a clean cotton bud. Allow the sample to dry completely before placing it in a clean, paper envelope. Keep the sample at a low temperature until you ship it to us.

Ship in paper envelope. Label the envelope with the type of sample and with its identification.

60%

Toothbrush

The toothbrush must have been used several times and recently. Allow the sample to dry completely before placing it in a clean, paper envelope.

Ship in paper envelope. Label the envelope with the type of sample and with its identification.

50%

Razors

You must send at least 2 razors. It is recommended that the razors have been used several times. Electric razors are not accepted.

Ship in paper envelope. Label the envelope with the type of sample and with its identification.

50%

Pacifier or teething ring

A fresh sample is always recommend. Allow the sample to dry completely before placing it in a clean, paper envelope. Avoid touching the gum with your fingers when collecting the sample.

Ship in paper envelope. Label the envelope with the type of sample and with its identification.

40%


* The success rate stated for each type of sample has been calculated for samples collected and shipped according to the instructions stated above. DNA Solutions cannot guarantee a successful DNA extraction in any case. The fee for the analysis of non-standard samples is non-refundable.

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