DNA Testing for Healthcare Professionals - Specimen Requirements

 

Description

The types of specimen which are generally utilized for DNA paternity testing are listed in the table below:

Specimen TypeVolumeContainerShipping / StorageOther
Peripheral Blood2-5 mlEDTA (lavender top) VacutainerRefrigerate or room temperatureNone
Umbilical Cord Blood2-3 mlEDTA (lavender top) VacutainerRefrigerate or room temperatureNone
Buccal Cells3 swabsCotton or Dacron SwabsRoom temperatureNone
Chorionic Villus Sample (CVS)25-50 mg (wet)Sterile, sealed centrifuge tube with screw capRoom temperature, fill with culture medium, seal with parafilm2 T-25 flasks of cultured cells
Amniotic Fluid Sample10 mlSterile, sealed centrifuge tube with screw capRoom temperature, seal with parafilm2 T-25 flasks of cultured cells
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