DNA Testing

When it comes to DNA services, confidentiality and accuracy are essential. Thankfully, at Conspire!™, we have partnered with a DNA laboratory that prides itself on excelling in both. You will begin by completing an oral saliva swab, from the comfort of our facility. Your sample will then be processed via a secured package. Typically, you can expect results back in about two business days. Our DNA testing services also include tests like those used to determine if there is a predisposition toward a genetic disease, tests revealing paternity or tests for immigration disputes.

What is DNA Testing?

Before you were born, your DNA was created using a unique, random combination from both of your parents. Because you contain equal amounts of DNA from both your mother and father, you can find out via your DNA if you are biologically related to a certain person. The DNA parental test is accurate enough to be legally admissible in court. Social welfare benefits, adoptions, child support issues and immigration cases can all be affected by a DNA test that proves paternity.

At the present time, DNA paternity testing is the most accurate and advanced technology available for determining parentage. Genetic predisposition testing works much the same way, by identifying harmful genetic signatures within the DNA. By revealing the presence of these specific identifiers within the DNA, you will know if you have the propensity to develop a certain disease.

Types of DNA Services Performed by Conspire:

  • Paternity DNA Testing: This test is just what you might assume, a test to determine paternity. Of course, the word paternity implies establishing fatherhood. DNA is a way to determine paternity because it tells the story of biological relationships. Genes create a type of blueprint that reveal biological connections referred to as DNA.
  • Pre-Dispositional DNA Testing: This type of genetic testing determines if you are at risk for developing 25 specific genetic diseases. This test will reveal a pre-disposition considering both your environmental statistics and your genetic probabilities. We at Conspire!™ not only offer the DNA testing itself, but we also provide one free session with a genetic counselor who will explain your test results and recommend types of preventive measures you can incorporate into your daily life.

How Does DNA Testing Work? What’s the Process?

Most often, genetic testing is a pain-free process. It only requires that you donate a bit of your saliva on a Q-tip-like swab. This procedure, which takes a sample of saliva from the inside of the cheek, is often referred to as a buccal smear. The sample of saliva is then sent to a laboratory. Technicians work to find proteins, chromosomes or DNA, depending on the purpose of the testing. At Conspire!™, the test results would then be explained to you with regard to any changes you might need to make to reduce your risk of developing certain diseases. If you are testing your DNA for paternity reasons, these results will also be explained.

How Reliable/Accurate is DNA Testing?

Our type of paternity testing is one of the most accurate types of paternity test available. An example of typical results will show a 0% result if a person isn’t biologically related to another person. When paternity is present, there is often a 99.9% result. In other words, it is 99% likely that the two individuals tested are related, versus a 0% chance that they aren’t. In most cases, this type of testing is extremely accurate and trustworthy. After all, it has to be in order to be admissible in legal rulings.

Disease prediction testing is a bit different. It a newer science and the diseases themselves must have resulted from a mutated gene for genetic predetermination to be utilized according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health.

How Much Does DNA Testing Cost?

The average cost of genetic testing can range from $100 to $2,000. This number will vary based on what is being tested. Call us at Conspire!™ to learn more about our genetic services.

How Can DNA Testing be Used?

There are many uses for DNA testing that make the process a valuable asset to the field of medicine and in the legal arena, as well. The following are some of the benefits of the two main types of DNA testing we offer at Conspire!™:

  • Paternity DNA Testing: Paternity testing is often used as a way for a woman to prove a certain man is the father of her child. This type of proof is necessary in order for a mom to demand child support. This is especially true if the father of the child is denying that he is the child’s father. It can also be useful in adoption cases or to prove paternity for immigration reasons. Therefore, accurate paternity testing is especially helpful in the legal field. However, that isn’t its only use. You can also use paternity testing to prove if someone is your father if you are reunited after a separation. For example, if you were adopted and think you have found your long-lost father, a DNA test will reveal the truth one way or the other.
  • Maternity DNA Testing: Similar to paternity DNA testing, maternity DNA testing is used as a way to prove a certain woman is the rightful mother of a child. The need for maternity tests isn’t nearly as common as for paternity tests. However, children separated from their mother at an early age may use a maternity DNA test to determine their rightful mother later in life. A maternity DNA test may also be used to legally prove the rightful mother in child custody, adoption, or abduction cases.
  • Pre-dispositional DNA Testing: Another important service DNA testing provides is that it reveals the presence of factors that could lead to the development of certain diseases. Let’s look at cancer as an example of this. It has been determined that the BRCA2 and the BRCA1 are two of the most common genes associated with ovarian and breast cancers. If you wonder if you might be predisposed to developing these types of cancers, you could have pre-dispositional DNA testing performed.

If breast and ovarian cancers were the focus, your DNA testing would look for mutations of the specific BRCA genes. This would reveal if you have a greater chance of developing this type of cancer. It doesn’t mean you do have the disease. It doesn’t even mean you will ever have the disease. It just means your genes are telling you that your risk is elevated when compared to the general population. Therefore, you can take steps to reduce your risk if possible. At Conspire!™, we understand the decisions that need to follow such a test. Therefore, we are happy to speak to you about possible changes or actions you should take if your results show a predisposition to a specific disease.

 

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