DNA Banking & Storage
Starting from only £119 including 15 years storage
Our DNA Banking & Storage service allows you to safely store your DNA sample for just £119, giving you long-term peace of mind for up to 15 years.
Why Would I Store My DNA Sample?
There are many reasons why someone chooses to store their DNA sample with us using our DNA Banking & Storage service, but one of the principal reasons is for identification purposes.
People working in high-risk professions and industries often choose to store a sample of their DNA. This allows for easy identification in the event of fatal accidents, and is a popular choice for firemen, security and construction workers, amongst others.
Wills and the distribution of estates are often a cause of family conflict, as relatives fight to prove their genetic link to the deceased. By storing a sample of your DNA, it then becomes easier to assess who is a blood relative and who is not. Your DNA sample could prevent unscrupulous people from laying claim to your estate after your death.
Health is an increasingly popular reason for banking and storing DNA samples. As science uncovers more and more information about the relevance of certain genes in diseases, banking your genetic code allows relatives to investigate their own chances of developing hereditary conditions. You could help future generations to avoid some diseases long before they have a chance to fully develop.
In the case of missing persons, stored DNA can be useful for proving identity. Because your DNA is as unique as your fingerprints, DNA samples are a quick and easy way of identifying someone with a biological link to your family.
Safe and Secure DNA Banking & Storage
DNA samples can degrade very quickly if they are not stored appropriately. Once a DNA sample has begun to degrade, it is no longer viable, and there is little chance of extracting a full DNA profile. That’s why we go to great lengths to ensure that your DNA sample is stored under secure laboratory conditions. You can rest assured that your sample will be maintained in the optimum conditions to enable the successful extraction of a DNA profile whenever it is required.
How Do You Ensure the Integrity of Each DNA Sample?
To guarantee the integrity of your sample, we insist that the sample collection process is conducted by a qualified medical professional. This neutral third-party collects a mouth swab under strict guidelines, to ensure that a ‘chain of custody’ has been maintained and the DNA sample and resulting profile can be used for legal purposes. This means that the DNA profile may be used as evidence in court as part of a legal process.
We check every DNA sample which we receive, to make sure that the sample contains sufficient DNA to guarantee a successful profile in the future. We then safely and securely store your DNA sample for 15 years, under strict laboratory conditions.
You will receive a DNA Banking & Storage Certificate, which gives details of the 15-year storage period. The certificate includes details of the people who will be allowed to access the DNA sample in the future. All this costs just £119, which includes the storage period as standard.
DNA Banking & Storage with DNA Profile
In addition to our standard DNA Banking & Storage service you will also receive a report showing your DNA profile. The cost of this package is £229.