DNA Sample Collection Guide Using Our Home DNA Test Kit
When you place your order with EasyDNA we will send you our DNA test kit which should arrive within 2 to 3 working days from when your order is confirmed. The kit will contain all you need to collect your DNA samples including detailed instructions. As you will see below taking the samples is a very simple and straightforward procedure.
If you want to understand clearly the collection process using our DNA test kit, you should follow these visual instructions carefully. The process needs to be repeated for every individual participating in the test. These instructions will also be included inside your kit.
The DNA test kit contains a number of differently coloured envelopes. The kits are usually pre-packed and will include two swabs per person for up to three people. On the inside of each envelope you will find 2 colour coded swabs. We recommended not eating or drinking for a minimum of half an hour before you take the oral samples.
Fill out the submission forms as well as the details on the envelope/s making sure everything is filled in clearly and correctly. Please print in block capitals. This form will authorise us to analyse your samples. If you send in forms that are not properly filled in, your testing will be put on hold and you will be asked to send us new forms.
Take the swabs out from the envelope. The swabs will be wrapped individually in plastic wrappers which may be discarded. Whilst removing swabs, try not to touch the cotton ended part with your fingers as this could contaminate the DNA sample. Now you can proceed to actually collecting the DNA samples by gently rubbing the swabs inside the mouth, under the tongue and against the inner cheek. No need to rub aggressively, a light, ten second rub is all you need.
The next step is simple: allow the swabs to air dry. This is best done indoors. One hour is more than enough. When in the process of drying your swabs remember you want to keep them as clean as possible so make sure that swabs do not get mixed up, the swabs from different people touch each other and that no dirt comes into contact with them. After one hour, the swabs will be dry. There is no need to check if they are still damp by touching them.
After the one hour drying time is up, you can place the swabs back inside the coloured envelopes. It is crucial to do this with care so as not to place the wrong swabs in the wrong envelope (for example, blue swabs in the pink envelopes). Such errors can create delays when we receive your samples. Send all samples and consent forms back using our pre-addressed envelope.
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- Drying your swabs is simple but you need to make sure you keep them clean and that swabs from different people do not ever come into contact with each other (remember there is the possibility of DNA contamination if this happens). We like to recommend that clients use clean water glasses to dry their swabs; one water glass for the swabs of every test participant, placing them cotton side up.
- Sample collection can be performed at any age including newborn babies. Make sure that no food or drinks (except water) have been consumed within one hour of sampling.
I need a sample collection kit!
You will receive your kit shortly after you have placed your order; normally within 2-3 working days.
Should you need more than 1 kit or dispatch of kits to different locations, contact us beforehand to have your test and kit delivery organised.
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