Advances in genetic research and technology make it possible to create a unique genetic profile of each of us from our DNA. Many scientists believe that many, if not all, diseases and disorders are rooted in our genes.
There are several facilities who offer DNA typing and banking. This means that a DNA sample of the deceased will be evaluated, typed, and stored for 10 or more years in a secured and highly regulated facility.
DNA testing can be very beneficial in a number of ways. Biological ties to family such as paternity or kinship can be made, genetic uniqueness can be established as well as heritage and genetic family history which could be useful if an unusual inheritance claim is made upon the death of a loved one or settle estate issues.
Another very important benefit is the health and genetic disease diagnosis. This can be used to assess a predisposition to certain diseases among current family members and future descendants. This valuable information can be utilized to prevent and treat diseases and disabilities.
The sample can be taken prior to an imminent death and after a death occurs before the interment takes place. If a body is cremated, the opportunity for DNA testing is lost.
Your funeral director should have the resources to find a suitable facility to handle the testing. Make sure that the selected company follows the Chain of Custody Procedure Guidelines that ensures that all information related to each specific DNA profile is handled correctly and can be used as medical reference or legal evidence.
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