Do not eat, drink, chew gum, or smoke for 30 minutes before collecting sample. Wash hands thoroughly.
Remove one swab from the package. Do not touch cotton tip.
Swab the inside of your cheek for 30 seconds while rotating the swab to collect cells (not saliva).
Immediately after collecting cheek cells, place swab onto the folded swab package to dry for 10 minutes. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for remaining swabs.
Place all 4 swabs into the small sample envelope and seal by removing the plastic strip from the adhesive pad and pressing flap closed.
Place the small sample envelope into the prepaid return shipping envelope and mail the sample back.
Genetic sequencing used to take years. Now it can be done from home and completed in two weeks.
Here’s how we maintain quality while pushing the envelope and innovating the field of genetic testing.
There’s nothing more personal than your DNA. That’s why we take every measure to ensure your most personal data, stays yours.
The first step is amplification of DNA fragments with a process known as polymerase chain reaction (PCR). PCR allows a relatively small quantity of genetic material to be replicated thousands of times in a short period.
Because C only binds to G and A only binds to T, 4 separate reactions are prepared, and only one nucleotide is used in each, to determine exactly where on the sequence that nucleotide is located. This is repeated millions of times in a short period.
Finally, the finished sequence is labeled on radioactive gel that responds to x-rays in a repeatable way that allows us to quickly and easily determine the exact nucleotide sequence of your genes