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12 May 14

What precautions should be taken when providing a DNA Paternity test sample

When providing a mouth swab (also known as a 'buccal' swab) it is best if you avoid eating, drinking, chewing gum, smoking or cleaning your teeth, for about one hour before you take your samples for Paternity DNA testing. This will ensure the very best chance of generating a successful test result. To take the paternity test sample, all you need to do is wipe the swab around the inside of each cheek about 6 times on each side, using firm but not extreme pressure. The swab should then be put into the collection tube without touching the tip with your fingers.The aim of the swabbing is to remove loose cells from the inside of the cheek, not to capture blood or saliva. It is these cells which will be tested and used to generate a DNA profile for the paternity test.

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