Step By Step Instructions For Taking Your DNA Sample

For a Peace of Mind test you can take the samples yourself in your own home. We do suggest that all parties are present to witness the samples being taken. If you require a legal test then you will need to make an appointment to have your samples taken in our NHS clinic in the International Centre for Life, Newcastle or by an approved sampler, this is usually a GP. We can also usually arrange for a sample collector to attend a place of work or solicitors office. At that appointment a mouth swab will be rubbed gently and painlessly on the inside of your mouth to collect a sample of cheek cells. You will also need to complete a consent form (please remember to take 2 passport style photographs of each person being tested to the appointment) and these and the sample will then sent to NorthGene by the sample collector.

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Complete all sections of the Sample Consent Form then date and sign where indicated.

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For each person being tested fill out all of the details on a Sample Collection Envelope (in block capitals).

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To take a DNA sample, open one of the packets containing two swabs and take out a single swab.

Rub and rotate the swab firmly against the inside of the persons cheek for 20 seconds, making sure to collect the cells and not just the saliva. Repeat this process with the second swab.

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Put both swabs in the labelled Sample Collection Envelope for the person being tested and seal securely.

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For each person being tested, repeat steps 3 to 5 (remember we need two swab samples for each person).

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Complete all sections of the Sample Consent Form then date and sign where indicated.