Our DNA banking service provides organizations and private individuals with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that their DNA samples are stored in a safe and highly secured environment.
Stored DNA provides a genetic history that will become vitally important as the genomic puzzle is completed. DNA from an elderly parent could one day provide clues about inherited diseases and other genetic issues. Some day very soon, this type of family tree knowledge could prove lifesaving.
Banked DNA may be used for future DNA tests, for example:
- To protect against illegitimate claims on an individual's estate
- To provide a standard for comparison and identification of people in high-risk professions, such as men and women in the military, law enforcement personnel, firefighters, and overseas contractors
- To assist with the identification of missing persons or give clues about the trail of a missing loved one
- To identify inherited traits, such as genetic diseases and other physical characteristics
Our services are completely confidential. We only release information on banked DNA to persons you authorize. There are two service options for you to choose from:
- Chain of Custody DNA Banking
- Chain of Custody DNA Banking and Profiling
Chain of Custody DNA Banking
In Chain of Custody DNA Banking, DNA samples are collected and stored using a process that ensures courts and other government agencies will consider the results of any future DNA testing on the stored DNA.
In compliance with Chain of Custody procedures, your DNA sample will be collected by a trained professional. Your DNA collection appointment will be scheduled at one of collection sites across Canada. Upon banking your DNA, we will provide you with a banking certificate stating the storage period (15 years), the names of persons you authorize to retrieve or use your samples, and other important information.
The DNA banking fee is $299. This fee includes appointment coordination, sample collection and shipping, verification of DNA presence in the sample, and storage for 15 years.
Chain of Custody DNA Banking and Profiling
Our DNA banking and profiling service allows individuals to store their DNA sample at a safe, secure facility and obtain a record of their genetic profile. We run a DNA test on the samples using markers for 16 loci, including the 13 CODIS loci that are recognized worldwide as standards for human identity testing.
You will receive two documents when you choose the DNA Banking and Profiling option: a Typing Report listing your allele sizes (your genetic profile) and a Banking Certificate stating the storage period and the names of persons you authorize to retrieve and/or use the DNA samples. Samples are collected using the Chain of Custody process. The DNA Banking and Profiling fee is $399. Please call Paternity Testing Centers of Canada for more information 1 877 777 4004.