What Is

DNA-IDCHECK is an infant identification and parentage confirmation system. Using state-of-the-art DNA technology, the test is inexpensive, efficient and non-intrusive, requiring no more than a small saliva sample from the parent(s) and infant.

Who Needs

Mothers Giving Birth in Hospitals
Baby or infant mixups occur to this day in hospitals. Did you know that one out of every 1,000 infant transfers in hospitals is a mistake?

Parents Conceiving Following Infertility Treatment
Third-party intervention during Artificial Insemination, IUI, IVF procedures and other Assisted Reproductive Technologies increases the possibility of unintentional, or even intentional, mixups.

Paternity Screening Test
When a DNA mismatch occurs, the
DNA-IDCHECK System can establish if you are NOT the father. Our DNA-IDCHECK System is an inexpensive screening test to decide you might require more extensive, legally certifiable testing.

Why They Need

The "banding method" of an infant identification at birth, first introduced in 1949 and unchanged today, remains the only method for ensuring proper infant-to-parent matching in the hospital. Although banding remains functional and typically reliable, infant mixups can and do occur: As frequently as one in every 1,000 births!

Also, sperm- or embryo-switch can and do occur during Artificial Insemination, IUI, IVF procedures and other Assisted Reproductive Technologies.

As you might have noticed in print and on television,recent and often highly publicized cases of infant mixups in hospitals and sperm-embryo confusion in fertility clinics have been very real.

THE DNA-IDCHECK Violate Any Privacy Issues?

DNA-IDCHECK System, using a special analysis for matching parent-to-infant genetic code, can only identify an individual or prove if an adult is not the genetic parent of a particular infant. In other words, they convey no relevant genetic information during the testing procedure: The test reveals nothing else about the tested individual. Confidentiality and privacy issues are never violated.

How Does
THE DNA-IDCHECK Deliver Service at Such Low Cost?

Home sampling, and inclusion: Since anyone can take the sample anywhere, the need for hospital or laboratory time is reduced. Our simplified test can confirm a DNA mismatch, establishing if you are not the parent. (Much more expensive and time-consuming tests, admissible in court, can conclusively confirm if you are the parent.)

To our knowledge, no other laboratory or company, at present, offers routine infant identification at a comparable cost.

How Does

A Technical Summary

Humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes in each cell, of which half are attributed to the mother, and half the father. Each chromosome is comprised of coded genetic material, called deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA. Until recently, DNA identity testing involved the so-called RFLP technique, a complex process both expensive and time-consuming. Our method is a simplified technology that requires less DNA, and can even work with degraded DNA.

DNA-IDCHECK System employs PCR Technology to amplify and compare certain portions of genetic material to identify any parent-infant connection. For any given individual, the genetic material is contributed from each parent, 1/2 from the mother, 1/2 from the father. Essentially, if the infant's DNA directly match either 50% or more with the mother's or father's DNA, or as a 50/50-composite of both the parents' genetic material, then one can assume biological relationship. On the other hand, if mismatches occur, then one could assume that the individual is not biologically related.

Up to 13 different portions of genetic material (chromosomal markers) plus gender are identified and compared. In the event of DNA matches or mismatches between parent and child, the outcome is nearly 100% certain.

All that's required is a saliva sample (oral swab): The test is therefore non-invasive, painless and easily obtainable. The sample itself can be stored and transported with ease.

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