Introducing DNA-ID CHECK for the first time in India.
In Collaboration with Andrology Laboratory Services, Incorporated, Chicago, USA.
Hospital baby mix-ups happen at birth. IUI and IVF allow sperm or embryo switching. Questionable paternity? DNA-ID CHECK confirms your infant’s identity using saliva.
FAQsWhat is the DNA-ID CHECK?
DNA-ID CHECK 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.
When DNA mismatch occurs, the DNA-ID CHECK System can establish if you are NOT the father. Our DNA-ID CHECK System is an inexpensive screening test to decide you might require more extensive, legally certifiable testing.
- 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 DNA match occurs, the DNA-ID CHECK system can establish if you are NOT the father. Our DNA-ID CHECK system is an inexpensive screening test to decide you might require more extensive, legally certifiable testing.
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 the banding remains functional and typically reliable, infant mixups can and do occur: as frequently as one in 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-ID CHECK 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.
Home sampling and inclusion: since anyone can take the sample anywhere, the need for hospital or laboratory time is reduced. Our simplified cost 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 a parent.)
To our knowledge, no other laboratory or company at present offers routine infant identification at a comparable cost.
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 now, DNA identify 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.
The DNA-ID CHECK system employs revolutionary 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 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 mismatch occurs, then one could assume that the individual is not biologically related.
Three different portions of genetic material are identified and compared in the Basic Package (90% certainty of a match). In the DeLuxe Package, nine different portions of the genetic material are identified and compared (99.5% certainty of match).
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 transported with ease.
The DNA-ID Check would cost Rs.11,000 – which is inclusive of the courier charges, payable to us by DD or by cash.
To our knowledge no other laboratory or company at present offers routine infant identification at a comarable cost.