is the secure, long term storage of an individuals genetic material.
DNA is most commonly extracted from cheek cells, saliva, or other tissues using a swab. DNA can be banked at any time during a persons life, but it is particularly urgent
for the elderly and terminally ill.
Once a person is buried or cremated, it is difficult or sometimes impossible to obtain a DNA sample.
Applications of DNA Banking
High-risk professions, where other identification means may not be possible due to the condition of the person:
- Military personnel in combat
- Pilots and flight attendants
- Overseas contractors
- Firefighters and law enforcement officers
- Coal miners and refinery workers
- Red Cross and missionary workers/volunteers
In addition to professionals, DNA Banking is also useful for private individuals who want to preserve part of them, or family member, forever for any possible future use.
Banking your DNA at our secure facility can:
- Provide peace of mind knowing that your family’s genetic/medical history is preserved.
- Help identify missing family members, especially important for children
- Resolve parentage issues
- Provide evidence for inheritance issues
- Establish the genealogy of your family
- Identify inherited genetic disorders, including but not limited to:
- coronary heart disease
- stroke predisposition
- Alzheimer’s disease
- breast cancer
- emphysema & liver disease
- numerous types of cancer
- cystic fibrosis