Home > Learning More > Obtaining Your DNA Testing

Obtaining Your DNA Testing

By: Ian Murnaghan BSc (hons), MSc - Updated: 11 Sep 2015 | comments*Discuss
 
Testing Dna Test Genetic Testing Dna

There are many reasons a person might want to obtain DNA testing. They could be concerned about the potential for passing on an inheritable disease to their offspring or they might want to confirm that an assumed family member is genetically related. Other reasons for DNA testing could be for immigration applications, where the government requires proof of identity and no other papers provided are sufficient to establish a claim.

Whatever the reason for obtaining DNA testing, you should ultimately consider the benefits and challenges carefully. In fact, you can even obtain genetic counselling if you need advice and support with both the decision to obtain testing and the interpretation aspect of the results, which can be quite emotional and difficult.

DNA Genetic Testing for Disease

DNA testing for disease – or genetic testing – is an important way to assess a person's susceptibility to a disease or to identify if they carry any mutations that are responsible for a particular disorder. It is one of the common forms of testing performed at the specific request of a couple wishing to have a child. Other forms of testing such as forensics testing, however, are initiated in a different way. While forensics testing is performed routinely around the world, most of this testing is directed through the state criminal justice program rather than through the direction of an individual to be tested.

DNA Testing for Immigration or Paternity

Today, we are fortunate in that we can confirm familial relationships, particularly the one between a parent and a child. Ancestry DNA testing has become a useful form of DNA testing. People may spend a great deal of time searching for family members, whether through an associated surname or other means. While learning this information often brings intense emotional challenges, it can help to bring closure to an ambiguous situation where the father is not known. In cases relating to immigration, DNA testing can help to confirm identity and reunite family members in their new home. Obtaining either of these types of testing can ultimately have a large impact on a person's life and their assumed family.

Is DNA Testing Right for Me?

Whether or not DNA testing is right for you is an intimately personal choice that can be aided by a discussion with your doctor. It's important to look at your reasons for wishing to have testing performed and to also assess the benefits of testing as well as how you wish to proceed should you obtain the testing. If you are trying to confirm a familial relationship, you need to consider how you will handle the results.

Choosing a Laboratory for Accurate and Reliable Testing

The results from your DNA testing will likely have a significant impact on your life, which means that it is important to have them performed by a fully accredited laboratory. Generally, disease or paternity testing is best directed by your primary care physician, who can provide recommendations regarding a suitable, nationally approved laboratory. If your DNA testing is for immigration purposes, there should be a list of government-approved laboratories where the testing can safely and reliably be performed.

Approach With Caution

An important aspect of disease testing that you should keep in mind is that there are many advertisements cropping up for disease testing. They promise to provide results that will tell you what disease you are at risk for, but studies have shown they can be highly inaccurate and they tend to provide recommendations that are inappropriate. It is wise to have any of this specific type of testing done under the supervision of your doctor to ensure accuracy and reliable information following the results, when you will be deciding if any action should be taken. Disease testing has many benefits and can be an important aspect of your healthcare.

For other forms of testing, they may be guided by national policies and procedures. For instance, paternity DNA testing related to immigration applications is usually done in a laboratory from a list of approved facilities. This list is provided by immigration services. Other types of paternity testing for personally-guided reasons, however, can generally be obtained from a facility that is recommended by your doctor.

Before embarking on DNA testing, take the time to consider the benefits and problems related to the testing. Look at how the results will affect you and ensure that you have testing performed at an accredited laboratory. You may also want to consider counselling as well, which can help you to handle your newfound knowledge from the DNA test.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
I'm in need of advice for a family member , my cousin had a relationship with his ex girlfriend for 2 years and planned a baby together , after falling pregnant she decided to leave him , during the pregnancy she started having a relationship with her ex husband , and now she's trying to pass the baby off as his and being rather spiteful , my cousin wants a DNA test done to prove he Is the dad so he can have access to his baby but she won't agree , we fear she hasgone as far as putting her ex husband down as the father on the birth certificate , can he get a court to make her do a test ? And how do you go about it ? Any advice or experience would be great!
Evie-Lou - 11-Sep-15 @ 11:17 PM
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice...
Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Topics
Latest Comments
  • Teri
    Re: DNA Test after Death
    Mother died from cancer. Had treatments for almost year. Was cremated. Possible to still get any DNA from remains. It was 14 yrs ago Family…
    14 December 2017
  • Olas
    Re: Urine Testing for DNA Fragments
    Does dna enter the urine in the form of nucleuoproteins ? Or it enters alone I need explanation plz??
    9 December 2017
  • Lady Vee
    Re: An Overview of DNA Functions
    It's quite true that DNA was discovered by Crick and Watson based on the study I had on other sites... But I'm surprised you made…
    8 December 2017
  • Shakara
    Re: DNA Test after Death
    Hi just wondering on my birth certificate has my mum name and father but before my mum passed she told me he weren't my father so how can i…
    25 November 2017
  • Dem23
    Re: DNA Test after Death
    My daughter recently passed away and I have doubts that she was mine can it be proven from a lock of hair?
    22 November 2017
  • Philie
    Re: Basics of DNA Forensics Techniques
    good but put the glasses in a bowl and boil the superglue sing
    17 November 2017
  • Bryn
    Re: Y Chromosome Analysis
    I was a foundling abandoned by my mother when I was 13 days old in July 1945 I was placed in care and my birth was registered by Harrow…
    15 November 2017
  • Kaylee P.
    Re: DNA Test after Death
    I found out that my biological father is dead and I dont know who he is, is there a way to do a test without anyone knowing to find out the guy?
    13 November 2017
  • ExploreDNA
    Re: DNA Test after Death
    ank - Your Question:How can I prove that 2 people, a man and a woman, are actually brother and sister, if the father has died many years ago…
    23 October 2017
  • ank
    Re: DNA Test after Death
    How can I prove that 2 people, a man and a woman, are actually brother and sister, if the father has died many years ago and his/her mothers…
    19 October 2017
Further Reading...
Our Most Popular...
Add to my Yahoo!
Add to Google
Stumble this
Add to Twitter
Add To Facebook
RSS feed
You should seek independent professional advice before acting upon any information on the ExploreDNA website. Please read our Disclaimer.