There are many myths surrounding DNA paternity tests and generally DNA testing in Ghana. In this article, we will try to address and explain some of the most common ones to help wider public to better understand this sensitive area.
Let’s start with myth No.1 which is Blood group test is sufficient to determine the biological paternity. NOT true! Blood group test CANNOT provide satisfactory confirmation of paternity without further examination, usually DNA test.
Myth No.2, DNA test works better with the sample of blood. NOT true! Buccal (saliva) sample works as well or better then blood sample. On top of that there is no issue of using the needles, hence sampling can be done on newborn babies. All modern labs abandoned using blood samples (except DNA tests during pregnancy) and moved on to buccal sampling.
Myth No.3, All DNA tests are pretty much the same. NOT true! Always check for international accreditation AABB and ISO17025, number of genetic markers tested, accuracy and reliability. DNA Center Ghana is the only DNA facility in Ghana (with offices in US, UK and elsewhere) offering accredited DNA testing, 20 genetic marker test as standard, accuracy higher than 99.%9999 and Dual Process testing to maintain the excellent reliability.
Myth No.4, I have to travel to the clinic from faraway else I can’t have my DNA test done. NOT true! DNA Center Ghana can send you HOME COLLECTION KIT and you can swab the saliva sample from the mouth yourself.
Myth No.5, I have to wait until the child is born to do paternity test. NOT true! DNA Center Ghana offers DNA paternity tests during pregnancy from as early as 10 weeks of pregnancy.
Myth No.6, Alleged father is dead or not available for testing and I can’t confirm paternity. NOT true! We can help you confirm the biological paternity using other DNA tests available.
Myth No.7, Every DNA test result can be used at court as evidence or for immigration purposes as a proof. NOT true! There are different types of DNA tests. Legal DNA test for the Court, Immigration DNA test for VISA and settlement applications and Personal knowledge DNA test just for your information.
Myth No.8, I have to travel to Ghana to have my sample taken for DNA test. NOT true! If one or more tested individuals reside outside Ghana, we can arrange their sample collection at our nearest collection site. Nobody has to travel to Ghana only to have their samples collected.
Myth No.9, DNA test can be done only from certain age of the child. NOT true! Our DNA test can be done immediately after the baby is born. There is NO age restriction for the DNA test to be done.
Myth No.10, Old biological samples (hair, tooth, nail, etc….) can’t be tested. NOT true! DNA Center Ghana can test biological samples many years old without a problem and at NO extra charge.
There are certainly many DNA myths we missed. If you are not sure and have questions related to DNA testing just call us FREE from any Vodafone number in Ghana at 0302-219946 or email us at email@example.com