If you’ve ever even considered DNA testing, it’s probably in the realms of TV fantasy. But getting your DNA tested has opened up recently as a viable market for a ton of reasons, only one of which is helping those who have been stripped of their identities recover it.
What can DNA testing do for the living?
We tend to think of DNA testing as the sort of thing carried on on crime programs for dead bodies, but there’s a host of real life people who can benefit from DNA testing. From clearing the vagaries of the classic paternity test to helping amnesia victims and right through to assisting adoptees hunting their birth parents, there’s a host of ways in which DNA testing can be of use to the living as well as the dead.
Am I guaranteed a match?
The process of DNA testing creates a profile of the unique DNA sequences that make you you. Once this is established, they can be compared to other samples on record, and matches can be made. While it’s a pretty tricky area of science, in general you match your close family relatives from 25% up and 50% pretty much guarantees a parent.
Of course, this relies on the data being there to match. There is no comprehensive database of DNA testing- in fact, such a concept is pretty unconstitutional. So while the person you seek may be out there, there’s no guarantee you can find them simply with a DNA test. People who have passed through the federal prison system generally have has their DNA recorded, as will have anyone who works in sensitive fields where DNA contamination must be removed from samples- this can be anything from crime lab personnel to archaeologists involved in DNA sequencing and handling of archaeological samples. Of course, DNA recovered from crime scenes is generally recorded. Likewise, people who have had medical reason to try to find genetic matches may have gene data available to search. If you need to know more you can visit this site here. There’s also databases of those who have lost loved ones to crime or disappearance who have put their DNA on record in the hopes of reuniting with loved ones, and if that is the reason you are reading this article one of the best things you can do is get your own DNA profiled and out there in the hopes of a match being pulled someday.
Why does this matter?
If you are searching for DNA testing due to situations like being adopted or an orphan, know that finding your ‘true’ DNA matched family need not be a concern to you unless you want it. ‘Parent’ and ‘family’ can be defined any way you wish, not merely by blood. Biological bonds may not be important to you and that’s fine. If you are seeking a biological parent or bond, DNA testing may be able to assist you in that quest, and it can prove paternity and similar cases for legal courts. If loved ones have gone missing- or if you, for whatever reason, have no way of knowing where you came from or who you are- DNA testing can offer you an insight into the past that’s inaccessible to you and may help reunite with those seeking you.
In the end, DNA testing is a useful tool to help you in your search.