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DNA Knowledge Base

You can save yourself fruitless internet searches about DNA testing and make use of the Knowledge Base here provided and complied by homeDNAdirect. The Knowledge base tackles the diverse needs and questions clients seeking DNA tests often have. The articles here deal with the all topics that fall under the broad umbrella of DNA testing.

For those of you wishing to read specifically about paternity DNA tests, all articles related to this topic are grouped under one heading, Paternity Testing Articles. You can leisurely browse through the articles and become more comfortable with what paternity testing is and what it will involve. If you would like to know the difference between legal paternity testing and ‘at-home’ paternity testing or how to choose a good DNA testing company, then here is the place to look.

Celebrity DNA news and paternity testing

  • Justin Bieber Agrees to DNA Test Teen idol Justin Bieber accepted to take a paternity test to prove that he should not be held responsible for fathering a child of a 20 year old woman. Doctors tested him for the paternity test by taking a swab sample from his …
  • Prince William and his Indian Ancestry According to DNA analysis it has been established that Prince William has indeed got Indian ancestry – all stemming from Theodore Forbes’ housekeeper, Eliza Kewark
  • King of Bollywood and Wife Gauri Expecting a Baby Boy in July Shah Khan and wife Gauri are expecting a baby boy in July – this has caused quite a stir in India – a country where tests forecasting baby gender have been banned since 1996 – so how come they know? 
  • DNA testing in between siblings With a DNA Sibling test, it is possible to determine whether siblings share either one or bother parents. It is therefore possible determine what grade of relationship exists in between siblings, whether they are half (Sharing only one parent) or full siblings…
  • Fredrick Peacock: Forensic DNA Testing Saves the Wrongly Convicted Forensic DNA testing has come to the rescue of Fredrick Peacock who was convicted of rape thirty years ago, before the use of DNA in crime solving. Peacock is just one of several hundreds of Americans who have been exonerated from …
  • DNA Testing Enlightens the World on the Life of Tutankhamen The birth, life and death of the one of the most well-known historical Kings in the history of ancient Egypt- Tutankhamen- has had his DNA tested using his ancient, 3,300-year-old remains. Historical accounts have always claimed t …
  • Two Celebrity Paternity DNA Tests: Jude Law and Orson Welles Jude Law and Orson Welles are just two of the many famous people who have been amidst paternity disputes and have required DNA paternity testing to solve them. One of the greatest American film directors, Orson We …
  • The Triple Murder of Lentz and her Family: Forensic DNA Samples used as Evidence Investigations in murder cases rely on the finding and testing of DNA forensic samples. Often there may be minute traces of DNA. Today the use of forensic DNA samples has extended beyond the boundaries of crime and police investigations and has fo …
  • Liz Hurley and Kourtney Kardashian need Paternity DNA test to clarify paternity claims Recently, Kourtney Kardashian has hit the celebrity news and gossip column as she has found herself in the middle of a paternity dispute and will thus, need to resort to a DNA paternity test to solve it. Steve Bing, not amongst the big names in the media, but defi …
  • 5 Famous DNA Tests You Should Know About DNA testing widely used and find numerous applications in anything from crime solving and forensic investigations to solving paternity disputes through DNA paternity testing to understanding the pathology of certain diseases. In Ancestry testing and genea …
  • Celebrities do DNA Paternity Tests DNA paternity testing is in high demand and even Hollywood stars are resorting to this test. The advances in the field of DNA testing means that results are highly accurate and thus, any doubts regarding issues of paternity can easily be dispelled scientifically. …

DNA testing articles

  • DNA Kits The DNA Kits (or DNA collection kit) makes collecting your DNA samples very easy. A DNA kit has made collecting samples for a DNA test something which can be done efficiently from your home. The DNA kits show little variations from company to company …
  • Seeking answers through the Grandparent test A relationship test like the grandparent test can be of great assistance in answering the question of paternity when the father is not available or is deceased. All genetic markers of the father have originally been inherited from the grandparents themselves so the same …
  • Genetic Testing Genetic testing is a big market and a vast field of research. Taking small samples of tissues to analyze DNA is the way in which scientists go around doing genetic testing. Genetic testing can tell the person undergoing the test about a whole range of diseases they are predis …
  • Is it really possible to determine your baby’s sex with the Drano Method? The Drano Test should be carried out no earlier than the fourth month of pregnancy – fumes are toxic so prior care has to be taken
  • Dog DNA Testing You might have thought that DNA testing was mainly for people but it is now a growing field for animals and many are now seeking dog DNA testing. There are many types of animal DNA tests available, perhaps to your surprise, including tests for cat …
  • Baby Gender Prediction Testing Would it not be great to know the gender of your baby? Make sure that everything is organized for when the baby arrives have the right clothes, colour schemes and even the right name (names are always a major issue when it come to babies and knowing beforehand mea …
  • DNA Profiling, DNA Testing and the DNA Database The expansion and development of genetic testing means that today anything from paternity DNA testing to relationship tests to forensic tests can be done by analyzing DNA from various samples. Blood, sperm, hair, …
  • Understanding the issue: What is DNA Testing? People thinking of doing a paternity DNA test or infidelity DNA test may still not always have a clear idea of the answer to the question ‘what is DNA testing?’ The general grasp people have of DNA is that DNA is much like a finger pri …
  • What is DNA testing? All kinds of DNA testing are based on the fact that each and every one of us has a unique genetic profile, to the extent that the odds of two people having the same genetic profile are 1 to 6 billion. Therefore DNA analysis provides a means of establishing the identities of perso …
  • Influences on the Cost of a DNA Test DNA Testing has now become widespread and economically accessible to a larger number of people, the cost of a DNA test will vary according to a variety of factors, including the quality of the test, type of test and number of people participating in the test …
  • How Do I Obtain a Free DNA kit? Nowadays, most paternity tests can be carried out in the convenience of the home environment, using a DNA Sampling Kit. Traditionally, collecting a DNA sample in order to carry out a DNA test involved time- consuming …
  • Identical Twins Murder Case: Twins DNA Testing Inconclusive for Ronald and Donald Smith Since we all have a unique genetic finger print, linking criminal to crime is often not too difficult with the right material in hand. However, with twins, things are different. Through twin DNA testing we know that twins may have identical finger …
  • Different DNA Samples in DNA Testing: Low Success Rate Samples (Part I) DNA samples which are not the standard saliva samples are called forensic DNA samples or discreet samples. There are so many discreet samples that can be used that it is important to be aware of which samples are better than others so as to maximi …
  • DNA Testing – Some Common Queries Discussed DNA testing is a relatively new field. Paternity DNA tests, infidelity DNA tests and several other tests are now being offered. These tests involve sending DNA samples which are often collected by the person purchasing the test. Clients are sometimes …
  • Mitochondrial mtDNA test in Relationship DNA testing Mitochondrial DNA or MtDNA is the DNA found in cell mitochondria and is very useful to DNA testing companies; the explanation for importance of MtDNA testing in relationship DNA testing will be given later in the article. DNA testing is today high …

Paternity testing articles

  • Determining the male lineage: Y Chromosome testing: There are different reasons for determining the male lineage through Y Chromosome Testing. The most common is to determine, through another male family member, the paternity, when the father is not available or deceased. The Y Chromosome test can give you an accurate …
  • Paternity Testing without the father If you want to have a paternity test if father is deceased, there still are certain possibilities the one can consider. The first thing to do is to contact a reputable DNA testing …
  • Home Paternity Testing in Australia Am I the father? Australia has seen a large increase in the number of home paternal verification tests. This is due, mainly, to the fact that it is now cheaper, simpler and more accurate than ever before to do a home paternity test…
  • Blood and Saliva Samples in Paternity DNA Testing Paternity DNA testing ideally requires a DNA sample from the alleged father, child and mother. Since originally blood was used in DNA testing and before that paternity testing relied on blood typing, using blood i …
  • How Much Does a Paternity Test Cost? There is no single figure or number that can be given to answer the question: how much does a paternity test cost? Prices tend to vary somewhat, from company to company and you need to have a bit of a shop around till you find one of the better companies to do your DNA patern …
  • Paternity Test Results: Some Issues you Might Encounter The paternity test result may be different from one company to the next but essentially they are all quite similar in terms of the information they gave related to the laboratory analysis and how they reached the conclusion to your test; conclusio …
  • Australian Paternity Test For those seeking an Australian paternity test, they can easily find a number of DNA testing companies based in Australia, offering services that are reliable and accurate and can meet the various types of DNA testing needs. …
  • Paternity DNA Testing: Nigeria Case Paternity DNA testing is reliable and has been used over and over to solve countless paternity disputes. Paternity tests rely on scientific evidence that is, in the vast majority of cases, incontrovertible. Nwachukwu Ikechukwu is a middle aged Nig …
  • Can I Cheat in a DNA Paternity Test? Yes, you can cheat in a DNA paternity test. Paternity testing is the most scientific and reliable method of ascertaining paternity-however, with home testing, it is not entirely cheat proof. Whilst paternity tests follow extremely rigid test …
  • Sample Paternity Test Results Understanding your paternity test results is really quite simple, although at first glance, as with any scientific report, it can appear a bit overwhelming. Hence, here I have provided a sample paternity test result to give you a very good&n …
  • Australia: A Case of A Court Ordered Paternity Test Paternity DNA testing is the most accurate and scientific means of establishing paternity. These tests have come to hold a lot of legal significance as this Australia court ordered paternity test case shows. …
  • Paternity Testing Using At-Home DNA Kit Paternity DNA testing has never been easier than it is today. Laboratory testing procedures are highly accurate and quick. Moreover, taking DNA samples can easily be done using what are commonly called at-home kits …
  • Why use a Saliva DNA Sample for your Paternity DNA Test? Paternity DNA testing is today the definitive means of establishing paternity. Doing any such test requires that you send in a saliva DNA samples. Companies encourage using saliva samples; however, many people know very little abo …
  • Why Test the Amelogenin Gene in a Paternity DNA Test? DNA testing technology is now a highly advanced sector and constantly improving and making new discoveries. For anyone seeking to know who the biological father of a child is, then the DNA paternity test is by far the most precise …
  • How to collect samples for a Home Paternity Test Performing a home paternity test is nowadays a simple, quick and cost-effective procedure. Thanks to modern advances in DNA analysis technology, modern laboratories are now able to provide their clients with highly accurate results at a relatively low cost. This is due to the …
  • Paternity Testing, Ancestry Testing and other DNA Tests- Moral Issues There is today a big demand for DNA tests- anything from paternity DNA tests to ancestry tests and a myriad of other DNA tests- and many companies now supply these services using the highest standard of DNA testing technology.&nb …
  • Paternity DNA testing, Relationship DNA Testing and some ethical issues to consider DNA testing is a reliable and accurate and nowadays paternity DNA testing, ancestry and other similar tests can give you invaluable information that you may need to find peace of mind. However, DNA testing does give rise to some basic issues …

DNA Testing News

  • Science “Catches Up” to Solve 30 Year Old Murder Case According to the filed criminal complaint against Hopkins, the body of Caltury was dressed in a light blue nightgown and found bound at the hands by rope and bed sheet. Semen samples recovered from the body were gathered into evidence at the time of the murder in 1979 and stored until 2013.
  • 100th Cold Case Solved in Denver Thanks to DNA Evidence In what is now becoming more commonplace in police agencies across the world, DNA evidence has resolved another decades-old cold case- this time bringing the total case closed count to 100 in the city of Denver alone.
  • Paternity Testing in New Zealand Many companies offer paternity testing in New Zealand. DNA paternity testing is the most scientific method for confirming or disproving paternity. A paternity test will show with a percentage of 99.9% or higher if the tested putative father is the biological father if the child. If the tested father is not the biological father of the child, the results will show a probability of paternity of 0%.
  • A Court Ordered Paternity Test in Australia- An Odd Case A court ordered paternity test is done following the stringent requirements of a court order. Once this order is issued, the concerned parties will need to make sure to get a legal paternity DNA test which is carried out following all the necessary steps to ensure that it is accepted in a court of law.
  • Thinking of baby DNA testing to solve paternity? Some basic information  It is now quite common to carry out a paternity test before the birth of the child. Baby DNA testing is widely use and in many countries is pretty much standard since this type of DNA test can tell you whether your child may develop certain genetic conditions such as Down’s syndrome, Turner’s syndrome and a host of other illnesses related to the baby’s genes. Prenatal DNA test, as they are more often known, allow access to the fetal DNA, normally, by taking samples from inside the womb. The samples extracted can then either be used to determine the genetic health of the child or for a prenatal paternity test.
  • DNA Testing used in the Case of Dominique Strauss Kahn Dominique Strauss Kahn; the defense has requested the results of DNA tests. The managing director of IMF (International Monetary Fund), Dominique Strauss Kahn, is facing trial after being accused of the alleged rape of a waitress in a hotel in New York. Several DNA tests were carried out on the scratches and other marks found on the victim and Strauss Kahn.
  • Predictive Genetic Testing Predictive genetic testing is a huge leap ahead in the field and genetic illnesses. Perhaps knowing what genetic illnesses your parents and grandparents suffered from is a good indication of whether you will suffer from the illnesses too. If a parent of yours had Alzheimer’s you stand a much higher chance of developing the illness. Other conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure are also known to run in families.
  • Can Paternity testing be done using Blood groups? Paternity testing has undergone many changes over the decades. We can trace its course beginning with the most simple technique in which blood groups of father and child where compared and move on to the present day method which involves using DNA.
  • Paternity Testing Myths Here are some of the most common paternity testing myths. There are many more which could be tackled as people still have several misconceptions.
  • How do I collect DNA samples?  “How do I collect my DNA samples?”Well it may sound complex and tedious but people are often amazed at how easy it is to collect DNA for a test, whether it be a paternity test or any other type of DNA test.
  • A Court Ordered Paternity Test Court ordered paternity tests are often needed especially in cases where the father refuses to acknowledge that he is the biological father of a child and refuses to provide child support.
  • Mitochondrial DNA testing Mitochondrial DNA testing has 2 main uses which will here be discussed briefly. This type of DNA is commonly refered to by the shorter MtDNA testing.
  • Paternity Fraud Nowadays, despite paternity DNA tests being so widely available, cases of paternity fraud are still rampant. Paternity testing has come a long way; it has become a legal tool that can help conclude whether an alleged father is the biological father of a child or not and thus, either free him of any financial obligations towards the child or get him to pay them.
  • Can I do a DNA Paternity Test in Australia? homeDNAdirect Australia specialises in providing accurate and reliable DNA paternity tests. The company has over 7 years of experience in the field of DNA testing. We are proud to have come this far and will continue striving to offer the best possible service throughout Australia. One of the main test homeDNAdirect specializes in is the DNA paternity test.
  • Ancestry DNA testing: A General Overview There are many reasons to carry out ancestry DNA testing; ancestry testing can tell you so much about your history and ancestors, that which you cannot find out any other way than by doing such a test. The test will link you to your deep and far back geogenetic roots going back thousands and thousands of years. Moreover, it can help all the more those who are clueless or simply wish to know more about their ancestral origins.
  • Paternity Testing in Australia More and men are finding out that they are not the biological father of a child that they thought was theirs. Many companies now offer paternity testing in Australia. This test has come to the rescue in many cases where a father needs a conclusive and definitive answers as to whether his doubts regarding the issue of paternity are founded or not.

Prenatal DNA Testing Articles

  • Down Syndrome Statistics and Prenatal Testing Down Syndrome is a disorder that occurs within the typically normally genetic structure within the cells. When you look at a normal human cell there are 46 chromosomes. In someone with Down Syndrome there is 47 chromosomes instead of 46. The reason for the extra chromosome is due to an extra copy of chromosome number 21.