DNA testing at DDC Ghana

DNA Centre Ghana has now officially become DDC Ghana. DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC) was founded in in 1995, and is now one of the largest private DNA testing organization’s worldwide. We now deliver fast, accredited and affordable DNA testing services nationwide across Ghana and neighboring countries.

DDC has achieved a number of international accreditations including:

• ANAB Accreditation Services (ISO/IEC 17025) (formerly ACLASS Accreditation Services)
• American Association of Blood Banks (AABB)
• ASCLD/LAB-International
• National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia (NATA)
Ministry of Justice, UK (MOJ)
• Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)
• College of American Pathologists (CAP)
• New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH)

We deliver various DNA testing options for both legal situations such as court cases, child dispute and immigration and personal knowledge tests for those who wish to confirm a biological relationship.

Paternity Testing Maternity Testing
Prenatal Testing whilst pregnant Siblingship Analysis
Grandparentage Testing Aunt/Uncle Testing
Twin Zygosity Immigration Testing
Y Chromosome Comparison Test mtDNA Comparison Test
Ancestry Testing Genetic Reconstruction
DNA Profiling DNA Banking
Cell Line Authentication Veterinary Testing
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Home DNA Kit for convenient sampling at home

Over past couple of months our laboratory noticed increasing demand for HOME DNA KITs and self-sampling, a convenient way how to carry out the DNA test. This option is especially convenient to patients coming from faraway and those who may not be mobile, babies and elderly.

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Home DNA sample collection kit available in Ghana at DNA Center Ghana in Accra

 

Many people still think they have to come to our clinic to have samples taken for DNA test. The truth  is that now you do not have to. How?…..Why?….. Well, our DNA Center developed protocol and procedures that you can collect saliva sample yourself at home or elsewhere outside our clinic using our DNA Sampling Kit and bring the samples to us when collected or even send it to us (we can arrange our courier to pick up the samples from you anywhere in Ghana or elsewhere in Africa).

To collect saliva samples at home is very simple, just swab the inside of the mouth with provided sterile cotton applicator and that is it. Now, you put the applicators inside provided sample envelopes and send the whole kit back to us for testing.

The results of home DNA test are as reliable as if you had your samples collected by one of our medical lab assistants at our facility, because our DNA testing processes are robust, accredited and 100% accurate.

If you need advise, please call our medical lab assistants at 0302-932267.

Myths about DNA tests – you must read

700-00515149There 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 info@dnacenterghana.com

Key advantages of our DNA test analyzing 20 genetic markers

To start this article off, remember, not all DNA tests are the same quality! In past couple of years we have seen some labs trying to introduce their own DNA testing services. Some of them indeed ran and may still run some number of DNA tests. However, there are few factors one should consider when it comes to DNA testing and statistical result interpretation.

dna test ghana, paternity test, 20 genetic markers, 20 str loci, dna center, dna lab ghana, dna clinicToday we are the only laboratory in Ghana offering DNA tests detecting 20 genetic markers! All other labs offer less accurate tests detecting only 16 genetic markers for same or higher cost than DNA Center Ghana. How important are extra 4 genetic markers? Well, importance is quite significant, extra 4 genetic markers in DNA analysis increase identification power of the test more than 500%. In other words it means that DNA test result of our test is extremely accurate as it eliminates inconclusive and false positive results due to higher number of genetic markers tested.

Our premium quality DNA tests are the most popular tests in Ghana as we have zero number of inconclusive results due to more accurate analysis using 20 genetic markers and dual testing. Other DNA tests offered in Ghana, test less genetic markers and do not confirm the result data. Our dual testing confirms each result by another independent confirmatory test to provide absolutely the best DNA testing service to our clients in Ghana.

Genetic markers used in our DNA tests are the same markers used by Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) used by international DNA laboratories, hence our tests are recognized internationally (of course including Ghana) not only locally.

Last but not least, each result is reviewed by laboratory director to confirm the validity of the report. We are not DNA report mass-producing laboratory, but we take time to dedicate to each case and treat it with most care and high level of professionalism. The whole process from sample collection down to the final report is professional, discrete and personalized.

More than 5 reasons why to choose DNA test from DNA Center Ghana

DNA Center Ghana is currently the most reliable laboratory providing the most accurate and internationally accredited DNA testing in Ghana. Some of the laboratories in Ghana attempted to undertake DNA testing, but lack in accreditation, experience, accuracy and reliability.

When one chooses the laboratory to have their DNA test done, the most important things to check are the number of genetic markers the test detects, accreditation, accuracy and sampling procedures.

1. Our DNA tests detect minimum 20 STR loci (genetic markers), which increase the accuracy by unprecedented 500% compared to outdated 16 STR loci DNA tests still performed in Ghana. 16 genetic marker tests may report false reports in some cases! Our DNA paternity tests do not require the sample of the mother to be accurate, however we can add the mother’s sample when available.

2. All our tests are internationally accredited ISO17025, AABB, approved by UK Ministry of Justice, CIC accredited for Canadian Immigration tests, NATA accredited for Australian immigration tests. Our DNA tests results are recognized anywhere in the world.

3. Every DNA test result is confirmed by another independent DNA test before finally reported to the client. Using this Dual Process makes the testing and reporting most reliable. Every DNA test report issued by DNA Center Ghana Limited is most comprehensive, showing the names of tested individuals, individual results for all 20 tested genetic markers, word explanation and paternity probability in percentage.

4. For our clients who need to undertake immigration DNA tests and one of the tested individuals do not reside in Ghana, we can offer our international services. Person doesn’t have to come to Ghana to have their sample collected and spend thousands of $$$$. We will organize sample collection outside Ghana through the network of our collection points in UK, Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and elsewhere in the world.

5. For clients living outside Accra, our laboratory offers home collection service. Client will receive home DNA collection kit, have their cheek swab (saliva sample) collected and sends it back to us for processing via prepaid secured delivery service. We save you time and money to travel to Accra from far away.

6. The most importantly, we enforce the client’s privacy and discrete handling of each case. We operate strictly by appointments, so each client has time and space to have their samples collected discretely without being met by number of other clients in the waiting room. After sample collection, all samples are bar-coded and processed under specific codes to comply with international standards.

DNA test is life changing decision, be smart, choose quality and reliability. Our laboratory has more then 15 years experience in DNA testing worldwide and over 4 years in Ghana.

Remember, cheap DNA test might not be the best choice for you!

Contact:

Ghana: 0302-219946

UK: 0203-6429265

www.dnacenterghana.com

http://www.homednatestghana.com

pr@dnacenterghana.com

USA Immigration DNA test

Many clients planning resettlement or joining their families in United States are requested to provide the proof of their biological relationship by US Embassy in Accra or Immigration Agencies in USA.

DNA Center Ghana can provide such proof through its AABB accredited laboratory and immigration DNA tests. All you need to provide is official request from US Embassy or US Immigration Authority (if you have it) baring the case number, copy of your national ID (passport, voter’s ID, birth certificate….), one passport size picture and filled immigration DNA test application form. Then you just wait for your appointment and come to have your sample collected. If one of the tested individuals resides outside Ghana, we will contact them and arrange the sample collection at their location or nearby.

US Immigration DNA test to prove biological relationship (e.g. paternity or maternity) has to be AABB certified to be recognized by United States authorities. DNA Center Ghana is the only DNA facility in Ghana providing AABB accredited testing services for most favourable price. Also, through the network of collection points within USA, we can save you the trip to Ghana to have your sample collected. We will direct you to the nearest collection point to take your sample.

When we receive samples from all tested individuals, we can start DNA testing and finally send you the result in 7 working days. If you are using a lawyer or have already applied at US Embassy, we can send a copy directly to nominated lawyer or requesting authority at no additional cost (except the postage).

We can provide instant help if you write to info@dnacenterghana.com or call +233 (0)302 21 99 46.

DNA Center Ghana Ltd.
http://www.dnacenterghana.com
Accra – Ghana

New DNA testing standard in Ghana

21/10/2013, Accra, Ghana (DNA Center Ghana); the only internationally accredited provider of DNA testing services in Ghana introduced its new, more advanced DNA test which examines 20 genetic markers compared to only  16 genetic markers  currently offered by other laboratories in Ghana. Offering DNA tests which examine 20 genetic markers increases the identification power by more then 500% and gives  you more accurate result. From today when you order standard DNA test, we automatically offer advanced test with no extra cost  to you. If you are considering DNA test right now, do not hesitate to contact us and receive the best available DNA service in Ghana.

Call us at 0302-219946 for free consultation today.

DNA Center Ghana Ltd.
Independence Avenue
Accra, Ghana
http://www.dnacenterghana.com