What is DNA banking?
DNA banking is the secure preservation and long-term storage of an individual’s genetic material. Banked DNA will remain intact for potential future use.
Why is DNA banking important?
DNA contains valuable information about a family’s health risks, medical conditions and ancestry. By preserving DNA, you are ensuring that this precious information is readily accessible to future generations. With rapid advances in genetic testing, genetics will play an increasingly important role in understanding a family’s disease risks, allowing families to be proactive in managing their health.
Why is DNA preservation an important consideration when planning a funeral?
At death, the information coded in a person’s DNA begins to degrade. DNA Banking is the best option for families who wish to preserve the genetic legacy of their loved ones and also create opportunities for genetic testing if ever required by future generations to understand the source and nature of diseases within the family.
Can DNA preservation be done after cremation or embalming?
The cremation process destroys DNA. It is critical to perform a collection prior this procedure. If the body has been recently embalmed, DNA collection may still be possible. Please contact our laboratory ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1 (877) 714-6359 to make arrangements. Please note, extra charges may apply for forensic samples.
How can banked DNA be used in the future?
DNA can be used for a wide range of genetic testing applications including disease testing, health risk analysis, identity testing and ancestry testing. With rapid advances in genetic testing technology, the number of diseases that can be identified through genetic testing is steadily increasing.
How can DNA banking benefit the health of my children and future generations?
A large number of serious diseases can be traced to our genetic makeup. Having a clear picture of a family’s genetic history can assist future generations in understanding their health risks and allows them to take preventative measures early to mitigate the devastating effects of disease before it is too late.
What is the typical turnaround time?
14 business days from the date samples are received.