I want to find out if the baby is mine. What do I do?

You want to confirm biological paternity and do not know where to start? That is okay, we will try to explain the process of getting the DNA paternity test done in Ghana in this article;

If you are not sure what test you need, just contact our facility by email or phone (0302-932267). When you get to talk to our staff you will have opportunity to ask questions and book your sampling appointment or request home DNA test kit. To book the appointment just call our line and book date and time convenient for you. It is best to contact us at least a week in advance.

When you come for your sample collection appointment, just make the receptionist know you are coming to have your samples taken for DNA test and she will call the Case Manager or Medical Laboratory Assistant to attend to you. Our AABB certified staff will help you to fill the request form and collect buccal sample (saliva) from your mouth using sterile swab applicator. If you have your DNA test done for legal or immigration purposes, you need to provide national ID (passport, voter’s ID or birth certificate for newborns and babies) and one passport picture. If you have any instruction letter from court, embassy or  immigration service you need to provide that as well.

Tested individuals do not have to come together. We can collect samples from alleged father on the different day and location than child’s sample. We also organize sample collection abroad (Europe, Americas, Africa and Asia) through network of collection sites and clinics. Contact DNA Center should you require cross country sample collection.

If you have ordered home DNA collection kit (kit includes everything you need for collecting samples yourself + detailed instructions), you will use the sterile applicators provided to swab the inside of the mouth to collect buccal sample (saliva), let the applicator dry for 10 minutes, insert applicators in to the sample envelopes and send it back to DNA Center Ghana in Accra.

Processing times of your samples depend on type of the the DNA test and samples used. Please enquire about current testing times at the sampling appointment.

DNA Center Ghana is the first DNA service provider in Ghana with AABB certified staff. Our facility provides AABB accredited services and AABB, ISO17025 accredited testing in Ghana and Africa.

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How is DNA test done on a baby

Many clients call or come to us and ask how to do DNA Paternity Test on a new born baby or small child. This article should explain how we handle cases like that, how and why we are the facility to choose for such tests.

The most important information is that we can do the test on a baby which has been just born and is only few minutes old. Our modern DNA tests are suitable for babies and children in general because they do not involve needles or any other invasive techniques or instruments and are very sensitive and accurate. Our state-of-art automated laboratory equipment can process any biological sample including simple specimen of saliva called buccal swab sample.

Our tests commonly test saliva samples, there is no need for drawing the blood, hence the test can be done on babies and small children and you do not have to wait for child to be certain age. To have the baby’s saliva sample taken you can book an appointment and come with the baby for sampling or pick up home sampling DNA kit and collect the saliva sample yourself. once we have collected the samples from the baby and the alleged father it takes about 5-10 working days to issue the report.

To book appointment and or receive further information about how to do DNA test on a newborn or small child call 0302932267 and speak to our Case Manager.

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.

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

Legal DNA Advise Services in Ghana

With increasing number of legal and immigration DNA tests, has DNA Center Ghana Limited decided to launch new service to provide support to clients seeking to undergo legal or immigration DNA tests. Our legal professional can advise on type of test available or required by the authorities, on the filling process depending on the country or type of application or legal implications resulting out of the legal DNA test’s result.

Our legal services are specifically tailored to advise on DNA testing not to substitute regular legal advise service provided by a solicitor or other legal practitioner.

If you require our assistance, just call 0302-204002 and discuss your case with our consultant or book the appointment and visit us at our office in Accra.