DNA Solutions is a DNA testing company created by biotechnologist Vern Muir B.Sc. in 1996, and incorporated in 1998. The company created a home paternity kit in 1997 and has since expanded its services to include DNA sample storage.
DNA Solutions created the 'home paternity kit' in 1997, which was a new concept where people for the first time could take samples for DNA testing at home, instead of in the laboratory. Originally the kits worked by people taking a hair sample, and posting into the laboratory for testing. The kit was first reported in the Australian newspaper The Herald in 1998.
These home testing kits have since revolutionized DNA testing, and the industry has subsequently adopted DNA Solutions' terminology of using "home kit" and "home paternity kit" a term now used by virtually all DNA testing companies and laboratories for the "use at home" DNA testing services.
This new type of DNA testing led to a great deal of controversy, especially in the year 2000, when the Vice President of the Australian Medical Association issued a press releasing calling for a ban of DNA Solutions's services due to issues of privacy and consent. News of the new tests, and their availability online spread world-wide
DNA Solutions offers the analysis of Y-DNA for identification geographic and ethnic origin of paternal lineage. The use of Y-DNA testing is useful for discerning biological relationships between people with the alleged same paternal lineage (i.e. Uncle-nephew, or grandfather-grandson DNA testing).
DNA Solutions offers the analysis of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA); whilst only inherited maternally, mtDNA is found in both men and women. DNA Solutions sequences both the HVR1 and HVR2 regions for maternal ancestral and ethnic analysis. Mt-DNA testing is also used for proving biological relationships (i.e. cousins, granddaughter-grandmother, etc.)
DNA Solutions offers analysis of autosomal DNA STRs used for DNA profiling, paternity testing and other biological relationship tests, such as sibling tests.
- ^ Company website
- ^ Australian newspaper, The Age, report on call for ban of the new DNA tests, year 2000
- ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/901401.stm BBC news report on the new tests, year 2000
- ^ http://wwwc.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/0010/02/pappa.html Sweden's national newspaper Aftonbladet reports on DNA Solutions new tests.
- ^ http://www.times.spb.ru/story/15478 Russian newspaper reports on the 'do it yourself' DNA tests hitting Russia in 2005
- ^ "The DNA short straw to fatherhood". Television New Zealand. 7 June 2005. http://tvnz.co.nz/view/news_national_story_skin/587480?format=html. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
- ^ http://www.hanwoodna.com.cn Chinese website
- ^ Australian newspaper report on elephant DNA profiling project
- ^ Australian newspaper report on DNA Solutions DNA storage for the Australian Military
- ^ http://www.dnaancestors.com Ancestry DNA testing by Y and Mt-DNA profiling
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