Here are the five most frequently asked questions about DNA testing in Nigeria.
- What is DNA?
According to MedlinePlus “DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, is the hereditary material in humans and almost all other organisms. Nearly every cell in a person’s body has the same DNA”
An individual inherits one-half of his/her DNA from each biological parent. It is established at conception when the sperm fertilizes the egg. In humans, DNA is found in most cells of the body. Though a large percentage of DNA is the same from person to person because similar biological processes occur in all people, a small percentage of each person’s DNA is highly variable between different people, and every individual, with the exception of identical twins. It is the person’s unique DNA make-up that allows DNA testing to accurately and powerfully identify that individual.
- How would my DNA sample be collected?
A DNA sample is collected by rubbing a soft swab along the inside of the cheek – a process that is gentle enough for newborns. For a Legal test, one of our authorized agents will verify your identity and collect the cheek swab. For peace of mind test, you can collect the samples yourself, using kits that we sent to you.
- Is my information and result confidential?
As with other areas of clinical medicine or science, confidentiality is important in genetic testing. For that reason, we do not publish the DNA profile of the individuals being tested. In addition, our work is conducted in a secure environment and all aspects of each project are treated in a private and confidential manner. With Smart DNA, your confidentiality is guaranteed.
- Where are samples analyzed?
AT Smart DNA, all DNA samples sent are analysed by experienced scientists in our ISO 9001 and UKAS Accredited Testing Laboratory. Our lab employs some of Europe’s leading DNA and toxicology scientists to ensure the highest level of technical ability and standards. This ensures that your DNA or toxicology reports are of the highest standards.
- Are DNA tests reliable?
DNA testing is the most conclusive method available to prove biological relationships. When done properly, DNA testing allows proof of parentage at levels of certainty that are beyond a reasonable doubt. To ensure you receive the most reliable results possible, you should select an experienced and accredited laboratory.
Smart DNA offers fully accredited DNA testing to clients all over Nigeria. We understand that your decision to seek a DNA test is a sensitive issue especially in a country like Nigeria, and this is why we have a team of fully trained individuals to ensure that we make the procedure as seamless as possible. Our services are accessible to not only individuals but courts, embassies and immigration offices. For more information about our services, speak to our care experts on +234 802 984 0246