To collect your DNA samples to perform the paternity test or any other DNA test, you will require a free DNA test kit that will be supplied from the Company you have ordered from.
DNA testing has now become the most widely used test for confirming biological relationships. In order to perform the test, such as a paternity test, it will be necessary to collect the samples of each participant for analysis. In the early days, the most common method for collecting the samples was through blood samples normally taken by a doctor or at the laboratory directly. However, nowadays most samples are collected using the free DNA test kit that will be supplied by the service provider.
Although the content of the DNA kit may vary from company to another, in general the testing kit will generally contain oral swabs for the collection of samples from the mouth, submission forms where the client will fill in their personal details, envelopes or containers where to place the swabs after use, and a pre-addressed envelope for sending back the samples. Some free DNA testing kits might contain brochures, information sheets or other promotional material.
A common concern of some clients who want to order a DNA test kit is the issue of anonymity. Clients might not want to receive marked or glossy envelopes through the mail that might indicate the intention of the client. Others might want to keep their affairs away from prying neighbours. It is therefore advisable for persons seeking to order their paternity testing kit to ask the provider in advance if their kits are sent completely unmarked or to request that they are sent in such a manner.
Finally, all free DNA kits should come complete with easy to follow instructions. Whilst it is relatively simple to perform the mouth swabbing using the oral swabs, due to the nature of the test some clients will be anxious to ensure that they do the collection properly. Hence, the instructions should provide the necessary information in a simple and straightforward manner. Some companies also offer a visual guide how to collect the DNA samples including images and video tutorials.