FAQ

1. What Is DNA?
2. What Is A DNASecure Card?
3. What Other Personal Identification Services Are Offered by DNASecure?
4. What Is Verified And Preserved DNA?
5. Why Have A DNASecure Card?
6. Why Use DNA For Identification Rather Than Fingerprints Or Dental Records?
7. What Is A DNASecure Profile?
8. Do All Laboratories Produce The Same DNA Profile On Individuals?
9. How Is DNA Collected For Testing?
10. How Do I Get A Buccal Swab Sample Collected By An Independent Third Party?
11. Why Is The Buccal Swab Collection Preferred By Laboratories?
12. Why Not Just Store A Buccal Swab For Future Testing?
13. Why Not Have The Laboratory Store My DNA?
14. Why Not Just Obtain My DNA Profile?
15. Why Does DNASecure Return Two DNASecure Cards Rather Than One?
16. How Do I Store My DNASecure Cards?
17. How Do I Have the DNASecure Card Tested?
18. How Confidential Is The DNA Analysis?
19. What About The Other Information I Provide?
20. Is The DNASecure Card Or Testing Performed From It Admissible In Court?
21. How Do I Order DNASecure's Personal Identification Service?
22. Can I send in DNA Samples Of Someone Other Than Myself Or Purchase It As A Gift?
23. How Long Does It Take For The Laboratory To Return My DNASecure Cards And Profile?
24. If I Loose My DNASecure Cards, Can The Laboratory Send Me Another?
25. Who Is DNASecure?
26. Where Can I Get More Information About DNA?

 

1. What Is DNA?
DNA or deoxyribonucleic acid is the genetic material that uniquely identifies an individual. DNA is found in most living cells in the human body.

2. What Is A DNASecure Card?
The DNASecure Card: Is a small matchbook-type folder containing special paper which preserves DNA. DNASecure will provide you with a collection kit containing sterile swabs to be used for collecting cell samples from inside your cheek (commonly called "buccal cells"). Through DNASecure, the swabs samples are provided to our laboratory that will return two DNASecure Cards containing your verified, preserved DNA. The cards can be stored in any secure area and used for future DNA analysis.

3. What Other Personal Identification Services Are Offered by DNASecure?
Our other Identification Service offerings are:

The DNASecure Personal Identification Portfolio: Our Personal Identification Portfolio is a booklet containing helpful emergency information, Medical Release forms and areas to record personal identification information such as fingerprints, pictures and emergency contact information. The DNASecure Portfolio also has a specific area for storage of one DNASecure Card.

The DNASecure Profile: From the DNA swab sample, our laboratory will perform 12 to 16 tests which will result in a report of a DNA pattern unique to you.

DNASecure Sample Collection Kit: With any of our products, we will supply you with a DNASecure sample collection kit. The collection kit contains everything you will need to collect a suitable DNA sample and submit it to the laboratory for analysis, including a postage paid return mailer.

4. What Is Verified And Preserved DNA?
Verification: First, our laboratory extracts DNA from the cells in the sample submitted (such as a cheek swab). After extraction of the DNA from the cells, the laboratory tests the DNA to determine that the extracted DNA is viable. The determination that the extract contains viable DNA means that there is sufficient quantity and quality of DNA for use in most of the genetic tests currently available and for use in new tests as they become available in the future.

Preservation: DNA is "Preserved" when the viable DNA is permanently affixed to DNASecure Cards. The paper in these cards protects the DNA from viruses and bacteria which can contaminate the DNA sample. The cards are then sealed individually and returned to the appropriate individual along with a certification of viable DNA. These cards can be submitted to a medical or forensic laboratory at any future time for the desired DNA testing.

5. Why Have A DNASecure Card?
The DNASecure Card containing your verified DNA can be used for future genetic testing. The value of having Verified DNA is the ability to conduct DNA tests pertaining to an individual who is not available to provide a viable DNA sample. One of the most publicized uses has been facilitating the identification of victims of a major disaster. Increasingly individuals, often with the sponsorship of their employers, are arranging for their DNA samples to be taken before traveling overseas, especially to high risk areas. Other uses include:
• Aiding in the search for missing persons - runaways and abductions
• Testing for some inherited disease vulnerabilities
• Resolution of parentage and sibling issues
• Resolution of inheritance issues
• Discovery of relatives through Genealogy Testing
• Peace of mind for international travelers

 

6. Why Use DNA For Identification Rather Than Fingerprints Or Dental Records?
The arrangement of DNA segments within your genes is unique to each individual. It is the most definitive means of identifying an individual. Laboratory analysis of some of the DNA segments can determine an individual's DNA profile and then match it to another sample for identification purposes.

While finger prints are a valid method of identification, they cannot be used in disasters such as fires. Children's fingerprints continuously change during the first 14 years of life, and therefore should be updated every 6 to12 months. Very small children do not have fully developed ridges so fingerprint identification is difficult at best.

Dental records also must be updated with a child's growth or as an individual has dental work performed. Again, in disasters where bodies are not intact, dental records might not be a source of identification.

DNA can be recovered from small fragments of a body making it the best means of identification under most circumstances.

 

7. What Is A DNASecure Profile?
The DNASecure Profile is a report of a series of tests (also called "probes") which detect patterns within a DNA sample and in combination uniquely identify an individual. Related individuals will share some DNA patterns since we inherit our DNA patterns from our parents.

 

8. Do All Laboratories Produce The Same DNA Profile On Individuals?
No, there are a number of variations to the profiles laboratories report. Laboratories can use various technologies or systems to determine a DNA profile. The type of profile produced is dependent on:
The laboratories preference: new technology, cost, analysis time and instrumentation.
The type of sample submitted to the laboratory: a degraded sample, such as that obtained from a burn victim, will often require a more expensive, sophisticated system than one used for buccal swabs samples.
The purpose of testing: if testing is required in connection with a crime, a special system is employed so results can be compared to the FBI database in this county, while a different system is used in other countries.

 

9. How Is DNA Collected For Testing?
While a sample of living cells from a human can yield DNA for analysis, the industry standard is a buccal swab collection. This method utilizes cells collected on a sterile swab rubbed on the inner cheek.

You can collect your own sample or that of your child on a buccal swab using our collection kit. If future DNA testing would need to be court admissible, the buccal sample should be collected by an independent third party such as a family doctor.

 

10. How Do I Get A Buccal Swab Sample Collected By An Independent Third Party?
DNASecure can assist you in obtaining a collection from a third party. It is usually very simple to set an appointment with a professional or you can have your family doctor, dentist or healthcare clinic obtain your sample and send it to us.

 


11. Why Is The Buccal Swab Collection Preferred By Laboratories?
The procedure allows for collection by unskilled individuals, rather than forensic or medically trained professionals and it usually yields a sufficient quantity of DNA for testing. It is painless and the swabs are easily shipped to laboratories.

 

12. Why Not Just Store A Buccal Swab For Future Testing?
A swab stored for a period of time will usually yield sufficient DNA for testing, but not always. Storing a swab has these limitations:
First, DNA is not visible to the human eye, so it is impossible to determine if the swab contains DNA in sufficient quantity for testing.
Second, the collected swab must be properly dried and stored to maintain the viability of the DNA
And, finally, over time bacteria and other organisms transferred from the saliva to the swab can destroy the DNA.

In the event that DNA testing is needed, it would be a tragedy to discover an individual's stored swabs did not contain enough viable DNA for laboratory analysis.

 

13. Why Not Have The Laboratory Store My DNA?
Storing DNA (or DNA "banking") by a third party has some risks, such as:
Anything stored by an independent agency is subject to the stability of that agency (e.g. how long will they be in business), storage conditions, filing system and disasters such as fires or tornadoes.
The laboratory is in possession of your DNA, so if you choose to have it tested by another agency you must request its release.
You must obtain guarantees and have faith that the laboratory will not use your DNA for unauthorized testing or release the sample to third parties without your authorization.

 

14. Why Not Just Obtain My DNA Profile?
A profile performed in one specific laboratory today, may not meet the requirements for future testing because of new technology, the type of sample to be tested for comparison or the reason for testing (relationship, disease marker, etc.)

 

15. Why Does DNASecure Return Two DNASecure Cards Rather Than One?
In a word, security. Actually, one card is sufficient for most laboratory analyses. DNASecure returns two cards to you so they maybe stored in different locations or with different family members. Two separate cards provide the added security that a DNASecure card can quickly be provided to a laboratory for testing.

 

16. How Do I Store My DNASecure Cards?
Your DNASecure cards will be returned with storage directions. They are sealed in an airtight package to eliminate the adverse effects of humidity. It is recommended they be stored in secure areas at room temperature.

 

17. How Do I Have the DNASecure Card Tested?
You can contact us at 1-817-896-1693 at anytime and we will assist you in using your DNASecure card for the testing you desire. We also provide information on obtaining DNA Testing services with the DNASecure Card.

 

18. How Confidential Is The DNA Analysis?
DNASecure recognizes the sensitivity and legitimate concern surrounding DNA. Preparation of the DNASecure Card and DNASecure Profile does not involve any testing for diseases, race or matching for purposes of paternity or criminal information. The testing merely confirms that the extracted DNA is suitable for analysis. The laboratory staff is bound by government privacy laws such as HIPAA, as well as stringent corporate confidentiality policies. Once your DNASecure Cards have been shipped to you, we retain none of they DNA and the swabs are destroyed by the laboratory, assuring you that no other analysis can be done.

 

19. What About The Other Information I Provide?
The information you provide to us will be used only to process your order. We maintain customary safeguards to protect the information from unauthorized access or use. We will not share such information with any third party without your permission.

 

20. Is The DNASecure Card Or Testing Performed From It Admissible In Court?
While the DNASecure Card can be used for testing to resolve legal issues, we would recommend that it be collected by an independent third party if testing for court proceeding such as paternity were desired.

 

21. How Do I Order DNASecure's Personal Identification Service?
You can order any of the products via our website, www.DNASecure.com or by calling us at 1-817-896-1693.

 

22. Can I send in DNA Samples Of Someone Other Than Myself Or Purchase It As A Gift?
Samples can be submitted by anyone, but the party being tested or their legal guardian must sign a consent form before our laboratory can perform testing. The consent form will direct us where to send the DNASecure Card and/or DNA Profile.

DNASecure's personal identification service is a perfect gift and can be purchased as such. The purchaser will direct us where to send the collection kit, accompanied by an explanation of the product and gift card.

 

23. How Long Does It Take For The Laboratory To Return My DNASecure Cards And DNASecure Profile?
On average, the DNASecure products will be returned to you within 2 to 3 weeks from the receipt of your sample.

 

24. If I Loose My DNASecure Cards, Can The Laboratory Produce Another One For Me?
No. Since all samples are destroyed once the DNA Card is produced, the laboratory would not be able to produce another one unless a new swab sample was submitted. Should your DNASecure Cards become lost or damaged, call us at 1-817-896-1693 so we can provide you with another collection kit.

 

25. Who Is DNASecure?
DNASecure is a unit of AQ Projects, Inc., a Texas corporation founded in 1991. DNASecure was founded to utilize our expertise in customer satisfaction and knowledge of the DNA industry in order to provide the best quality DNA identity product in the most economical fashion. We provide this service to individuals and in cooperation with non-profit agencies and certain industries.

Experience satisfying our customers
AQ Projects has been involved in a number of their client's projects, working to satisfy both corporate needs and client's quality expectations. Some of the customers that AQ Projects has worked with include: KnowledgeBase, Experian, Lockheed Martin, Tumbleweed, Orkand, TRW, AT&T, Northrop Grumman and Tandem Computers.

Experience in DNA services
Recently, AQ Projects has teamed with DNA professionals to work with a corporate client who requested a personal identification product for children. Together they have formed DNASecure, a company focused on providing a service for DNA personal identification for both adults and children. After significant research and discussions with the leading DNA laboratories, a DNA identification service and personal identification portfolio were developed to meet the needs of clients. Additionally, DNASecure has negotiated a cost conscious price with Sorenson Genomics, a fully accredited laboratory, to perform the testing service. Based on the response our products have received, DNASecure has decided to offer our products to non-profit agencies and interested individuals.

Sorenson Genomics
To provide the DNA services offered, DNASecure has chosen Sorenson Genomics, a world class genomics laboratory and industry leader in state of the art DNA analysis. The laboratory uses advanced techniques and automated systems for DNA extraction, purification and genetic analysis. Sorenson Genomics has been providing a variety of DNA analytical services to a worldwide clientele for over 3 years. Sorenson Genomics holds American Association of Blood Banks accreditation for parentage and relationship testing, is accredited by National Forensic Science Technology Center for ISO 17025 and participates in the College of American Pathologists Paternity, Forensic ID and mtDNA proficiency testing.

 

26. Where Can I Get More Information About DNA?
There are many Internet sites which fully describe the molecular structure of DNA, its function in the human body, its scientific discovery and its history. Here are a few topics and sites that you may wish to visit:


http://www.dnaftb.org
An animated primer on the basics of DNA, Genes and Heredity

http://www.nhgri.nih.gov
The Website of the National Human Genome Project containing information on DNA, Genes and applications.

http://genome.gov/glossary.cfm
Also from the National Human Genome Research Institute, a talking glossary of genetic terms for the non-scientist.

http://gslc.genetics.utah.edu/
From the University of Utah, a site that explains the basics of genetics, genetic disorders and genetics in society.

http://pbs.org
From PBS you can access many topics on DNA


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