DNA testing

Complex relationship DNA tests: which test is best for your client?

Casey Randall, Head of DNA at AlphaBiolabs, explains how complex relationship DNA testing works, how such tests can be used for legal purposes, and how to interpret the results.     When we talk about DNA testing for legal matters, the first thought that probably comes to mind is paternity testing; a DNA relationship test most […]

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Supporting an immigration application with DNA evidence

Casey Randall, Head of DNA at AlphaBiolabs, explores what barristers and family law professionals need to know about DNA testing for immigration, including when a client might wish to submit DNA evidence, and which relationship tests are best for immigration applications.     Scientific advances in DNA analysis make it easier than ever to establish a […]

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AlphaBiolabs first for UKAS accreditation for prenatal paternity testing

AlphaBiolabs is celebrating after becoming the first UK testing laboratory to be awarded accreditation for its non-invasive prenatal paternity testing.  The company, which provides a range of legal testing services including DNA, drug and alcohol testing for local authorities and family law professionals, was awarded ISO 17025 accreditation by the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) following a two-year validation […]

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The 12 Days of Christmas with AlphaBiolabs

AlphaBiolabs are extending their support to vulnerable families once again this Christmas. Through their work providing DNA, drug and alcohol testing services, the company have regular contact with many people who are undergoing legal or court-instructed DNA, drug or alcohol testing, and are struggling with some aspects of daily life. In response, AlphaBiolabs have been […]

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The Human Tissue Act and the issue of consent

When it comes to DNA testing, the UK is one of the very few countries in the world to have a system which regulates the way in which DNA samples are collected and how they are used. Anywhere else in the world, DNA samples can be collected from anyone without them even knowing or being […]

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Walk-in Centres make legal testing easier

A new Walk-in Centre is set to make legal DNA and drug and alcohol testing more convenient and more affordable. AlphaBiolabs is a UKAS accredited laboratory with the skills to carry out testing which can be used in legal proceedings. A strict chain of custody is maintained throughout the process from collection to testing to […]

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Collecting DNA samples for a DNA test

Collecting samples for DNA testing and paternity testing is today done using mouth swabs and exfoliated cheek cells. Collecting DNA samples for a DNA test DNA testing is the standard means of determining whether people are biologically related. It is in fact carried out between alleged relatives as well as between parents and their children […]

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DNA testing and the presumption of paternity

Understanding what a presumption of paternity is and situations which require paternity DNA testing. Presumption of paternity: it might be time for a paternity test Statistics are not very reassuring. The AABB (American Association of Blood Banks) estimates that hundreds of thousands of paternity tests are carried out every year and the numbers keep rising. […]

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DNA testing convenience … but at what cost?

Convenience is a key aspect of providing DNA testing excellence, as with any service, people want as little hassle as possible without having to compromise. Utilising a service that believes in more care, more convenience and more value – has perhaps never been more applicable with the introduction of Next Day Legal DNA Testing as […]

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Home vs legal paternity testing

When deciding on a paternity test, you will invariably be asked whether you require the result for legal purposes or peace of mind purpose.  The actual laboratory procedure for home DNA testing and legal testing does not differ. Both tests involve extraction and amplification of DNA using the same technique and a comparison of DNA […]

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