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SAMPLE COLLECTION INSTRUCTIONS

For guaranteed confidentiality and anonymity, follow the "Confidentiality and Anonymity Instructions" contained in this document.

Please follow the instructions below to ensure your samples are collected properly.  We recommend you read the instructions through entirely one time before beginning your collection.  Only collect one sample at a time.


Pre-Collection Item Checklist

Tweezers (cleaned with rubbing alcohol)
 

1 small plastic bag (e.g., Ziploc bag) per person tested
 
1 Sample ID Slip per person tested (located at the end of this document)
 


Step-by-Step Instructions

1.  Complete a Sample ID Slip and Record in Sample Identification Table

Cut-out and complete a Sample ID Slip (located at bottom of the last page) and place in a small plastic bag.  Later, you will need to record the information on Sample ID Slip into the  Sample Identification Table (located on Paternity Testing Form).


2. Collect Hairs

Pull six hairs from the head, eyebrow, or underarm, etc.  Use tweezers to grasp the hair slightly above where the hair joins the skin. The hairs can be pulled out with one quick, swift motion. Try to pull thicker hairs if possible. Thicker hairs (i.e., hair from the body or eyebrow) contain more DNA and ensure that we can give you fast and efficient results. If only fine or grey hairs are available, please include 5-8 hairs from that person.

NEVER touch the end of the hair where it was attached tithe skin (the hair root).

The hair root (small clump of skin cells) must be attached to the end of the hair after it is pulled from the body.  Please ensure the hair did not break, but was pulled out completely. It is possible to see the hair root by looking closely at the end of the hair you have pulled out. You may be able to see a tiny round ball of cells at the end of the hair. Remember not to touch this end of the hair.


3. Place Hairs into Plastic Bag

Place the hairs immediately into the small plastic bag with the Sample ID Slip.  Seal the plastic bag. 

Now that the hairs are in the plastic bag, you may be able to see the hair root at the end of the hair without any risk of touching the root.

This completes the sample collection.
Repeat all steps per person being tested.

 

IMPORTANT: For each person tested you should have a small plastic bag containing the hair and a Sample ID Slip.

 

Sample ID Slips

Cut-out the following slips and place each one in a small plastic bag for each person being tested as described in Step 1.  You may have left over Sample ID Slips.

Confidentiality and Anonymity Instructions: Use a false name or simply "Alleged father 1" or "Child 1" when completing the Sample ID slips and Paternity Testing Form. Make note of the false names you use.

PLEASE PRINT LEGIBLY

 

Sample ID Slip # 1

Name

Relationship

Race

DOB

__________________________

[  ] Alleged father
[  ] Son
[  ] Daughter
[  ] Mother

________________

_________

 

Sample ID Slip # 2

Name

Relationship

Race

DOB

__________________________

[  ] Alleged father
[  ] Son
[  ] Daughter
[  ] Mother

________________

_________

 

Sample ID Slip # 3

Name

Relationship

Race

DOB

__________________________

[  ] Alleged father
[  ] Son
[  ] Daughter
[  ] Mother

________________

_________

 

Sample ID Slip # 4

Name

Relationship

Race

DOB

__________________________

[  ] Alleged father
[  ] Son
[  ] Daughter
[  ] Mother

________________

_________

 

Sample ID Slip # 5

Name

Relationship

Race

DOB

__________________________

[  ] Alleged father
[  ] Son
[  ] Daughter
[  ] Mother

________________

_________

 

PLEASE PRINT LEGIBLY

 

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END OF SAMPLE COLLECTION INSTRUCTIONS