DNA Identification Profiling
DNA profiling is a service in which an individual's DNA is collected and from that a DNA profile is
created. DNA profiles are a set of encrypted numbers that will reflect a person's DNA makeup, which
in this case can also be used as the person's identifier. 16 different DNA aspects are tested to create an
individuals profile to ensure that it is specific to the participant. That profile is then released to you and
then a copy is kept on file to act as a genetic fingerprint for possible future DNA comparison.
There are three main reasons that someone would want to create a DNA profile for themselves or for a
- DNA profiles can be kept on file to help with determining family relationships, should they pass
away and parties make legal claims on their estate.
- Children's DNA profiles may be useful for identification should something happen to them in
the future, such as abductions or runaways.
- Individuals in high-risk situations, such as army employees, have their DNA profiles kept on
record in case identification of their remains becomes necessary.
In any of these situations A DNA test could be conducted on remains, the living individual or
another individual to see if they match the DNA profile on record.
The benefits of creating a DNA profile as a form of identification is that, unlike a name, picture or even
social security number, a DNA profile is specific to a certain individual and will remain constant
through their lifetime.