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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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

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

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First non-invasive prenatal DNA paternity testing in Ghana

DNA Center Ghana is proud to announce new advanced non-invasive prenatal paternity test. This test can confirm or exclude the paternity for unborn child during the pregnancy provided the mother is at least 11 weeks pregnant. To run the test we only need to have a sample of whole blood from mother and alleged father obtained through standard blood draw performed by any nurse or phlebotomist. We do not use amniocentesis or CVS for sample collection and that makes our non-invasive test 100% safe for mother and the fetus. Our facility will provide special blood sample collection kit for every case.

Once the blood is collected from the mother and alleged father, circulating cell-free fetal DNA is separated from the mothers blood and DNA profile is prepared for the unborn baby and alleged father. Our test is more specific and sensitive due to the fact that cell-free fetal DNA is used. Other laboratories offer prenatal tests using amniocentesis, CVS or whole blood which increses the risk of misdiagnosis.

We are the first and only facility offering non-invasive prenatal paternity test in Ghana. Our tests are performed in AABB/ISO17025 accredited laboratory by scientific staff with many years of DNA analysis experience. For further information, consultation and pricing call +233-302-932267 or write to us at info@dnacenetrghana.com.

Peace-of-mind DNA paternity tests

DNA Center Ghana offers variety of DNA testing services to clients in Ghana. Most popular test is “peace-of-mind” DNA paternity test to eliminate all uncertainties about being biological parent of the child. Accuracy of our paternity test is higher than 99.99%. We appreciate the fact, that paternity test and the result can be life-changing experience so we use our Dual Process™ sample handling procedures. In this process, each DNA sample that arrives in the lab is divided in two for independent testing by two teams.

Before the DNA test can be performed, the sample from each participant has to be collected at our facility or by the individual him/her-self at home adhering strictly to the sample collection procedure (see the website for updates).

Our advanced DNA test requires only a sample of your saliva collected by cotton swabs included in the DNA collection kit. This test is suitable for children and individuals scared of needle, no unplesant blood collection is needed.

Our laboratory processing the DNA tests is AABB and ISO17025 accredited to meet the highest international standards. The results are ready in 5 working days and report is sent to your email (in non-editable format) or can be collected from our facility.

For more information or to discuss your specific case contact us on info@dnacenterghana.com.