For most aunt or uncle (Avuncular) DNA tests, the samples are collected using 4 sterile buccal swabs on each individual testing. These sterile cotton tip swabs are brushed against the inside of the cheek collecting the epithelial cells located inside of our mouths. These types of collections are completely painless and can be performed on individuals of any age. Because the DNA found in our cheek cells is the same DNA found in all of our cells throughout the body, the results from this test would be exactly the same as if performing the test using a blood sample or other kinds of “special” samples.
The collection for a Legal Avuncular test must be carried out by an unbiased, professional third party, which we can arrange at one of our many collection sites. A thumbprint and photo of each individual testing will also be taken at the time of collection. This is part of the Chain of Custody, and provides proof of who was collected for testing.