Detailed instructions are provided with the kit, but in summary it is very easy to take the DNA samples:
First complete a sample declaration form for each person being tested. Please read more about consent here.
Then write the name and date of birth for each person on a collection card.
Next, swab each person inside their mouth to collect cells and DNA. Rub the swab on the inside of the cheeks for ten seconds.
Press each person’s swab firmly onto the pink section of their labelled collection card for 5 seconds (you will first need to open the collection card to reveal the pink paper). Turn the swab and press again for 5 seconds. The pink paper will turn white where the swab has been pressed and the DNA has been transferred. Then close the collection card.
Finally, place all the collection cards and the sample declaration forms in the prepaid tamper-proof envelope, seal the envelope and put it in the post to return to Cellmark.
The swabs should be discarded with your normal rubbish.
For over 30 years Cellmark has been known for high quality DNA testing and excellent customer service. Our reputation and experience have been established by testing over half a million people involved in DNA paternity and relationship cases. With state-of-the-art UK laboratories and internationally accredited DNA testing procedures, you can be confident with 'DNA at Home'.