For many years, DNA Services of America has been working hard to provide its valued clients with fast, accurate results from DNA tests. There are many reasons that individuals need to obtain DNA testing results. The most obvious answer relates to paternity testing. Through paternity testing, the biological connection between a father and child can be established. However, DNA test results can provide individuals with additional information about themselves and their heritage. DNA testing for ancestry, for example, may provide you with important details that you can use for different purposes.

Who May Need DNA Testing for Ancestry

Your ancestry or heritage provides you with significant information about where your ancestors were from, and in many cases, it can prove lineage from a certain area of the world or from a certain ethnicity without fail. With DNA testing for ancestry, those who are unsure about their heritage or ethnicity can obtain accurate results. DNA testing for ancestry can also be used to confirm or deny paternity, for immigration purposes and more. For example, in the event that two or more parties from different backgrounds are questioning the paternity of a child, DNA results can be used to confirm the true lineage of the child. This can also be used for Native American tribal rights cases, for forensics and for many other purposes.

Why Choose DNA Services of America

The fact is that there are numerous service providers that you can choose to use for your DNA test, but DNA Services of America is the company to rely on for DNA testing for ancestry. We are a company that understands that there are different reasons why DNA tests are ordered, and we offer a full range of services that can be utilized to ensure that the needs of its customers are met.

Who Is DNA Services of America?

Whether you need DNA testing for ancestry or DNA testing for any number of other needs, DNA Services of America can help. The company offers home testing kits that can be ordered online or via the phone, and you can order a home testing kit for DNA testing for ancestry, for paternity testing or for other similar needs. The kits are designed to be easy to use, and the test results can be provided to you quickly. Everything about DNA Services of America has been streamlined so that you obtain the results you need and the answers you are looking for without delay.

If you need to get answers about the paternity of yourself or a child or are trying to find your lineage or ethnicity for any number of reasons, using DNA testing for ancestry may be the right solution. DNA testing for ancestry is just one of several services available to you through DNA Services of America. The best step to take to ensure that you order the right home testing kit is to contact a representative at DNA Services of America for personalized assistance before you place an order for your test today!

In Appleton, WI, DNA testing is being used to help solve a 50 year old murder mystery puzzle.  According to the Associated Press, Winnebago County authorities are using new DNA testing technology to solve a murder mystery that reaches back into the 1960s.

In 1963 Wayne Pratt was stabbed over 50 times and died at a gas station between Neenah and Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  And though there were plenty of suspects and potential people that could have committed the crime, there was not enough evidence to charge or convict anyone.  Now, 50 years after the brutal murder of Wayne Pratt, the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office is sending archived evidence to a state crime lab for DNA testing.  They are hoping that the DNA test will reveal who the murderer was so that they can potentially be charged for the crime.

According to Sherriff John Matz, “DNA opens a lot of doors.”  Included in that statement were comments regarding what they considered to be the most important pieces of evidence from the Pratt case.  The evidence includes dried blood from different items found at the scene of the murder.

Heralding use of DNA testing for cold cases was Brian O’Keefe, an administrator of law enforcement for the Wisconsin Department of Justice.  Mr. O’Keefe claims that DNA testing is the primary reason why cold cases are not being solved, and indicated that more cases could follow in the future.

“[DNA testing] is such a powerful tool.  It can bring justice to a family who has lost somebody,” O’Keefe said.

At DNA Services of America we are proud to offer forensic DNA testing.  Similar to the state lab that will analyze the evidence from the Pratt murder, we are able to analyze police evidence of blood and tissue samples and identify what DNA material belongs to whom.  With advances in DNA testing, it will soon be commonplace to solve these cold cases and to prevent further cold cases from developing.  We have the means and technology to ensure that criminals do not evade justice for their crimes and that they will be held responsible.

DNA Services of America is located in Lafayette, Louisiana, and has relationships with Service Centers and laboratories throughout the United States to provide DNA testing services for everyone.

In news of the weird, it appears that there is a development among some people to test DNA to determine if they are a match for romantic love.  Currently there is no science or proof that DNA has anything to do with love and romance, but according to Professor Michael Gillings, a biologist from Macquarie University in Australia, DNA testing for romantic compatibility is, “… inevitable, because it’s going to be really easy to do.  It’s quick, cheap… and you’ll be able to buy it off the shelf and just do it.”

Currently, DNA testing might be able to reveal the likelihood of whether or not someone is predisposed to cheat or to make long-term commitments.  This is possible by profiling genes that control neurotransmitters such as oxytocin and vasopressin.  Oxytocin is a hormone believed to a key to a person’s ability to commit, while vasopressin is a hormone that helps regulate fidelity.

Dr. Gillings further said, “When you are going out with a new guy, you could get a sample of his DNA, sequence it and say, ‘I’m not going out with him, he’s got a tiny part of his gene that would be a good prediction he is going to be promiscuous.”

Currently DNA Services of America does not perform the test necessary to identify oxytocin and vasopressin.  However, DNA Services of America is cautious of the ethical situation that arises in taking specimens from unwitting and unknowing partners to genetically test them.

DNA Services of America wants to remind everyone that currently this is still a theory of Dr. Gillings and has not been proven to be true or even significant in laboratory settings.  Test is ongoing as to whether or not Dr. Gillings is accurate about the hormone and how it can affect people.

DNA Services of America offers DNA testing services determining paternity and other family relationship services, infidelity, ancestry and forensic DNA testing.  DNA Services of America is a national brand and has relationship with only the highest quality laboratories available.

In recent DNA testing news, Dr. Storch of Washington University has developed a test to determine the nature of infectious fevers, identifying them as either viral or bacterial in nature.  This discovery will lead to medical professionals begin able to more appropriate prescribe correct medications to combat infections.

Fevers are the most common manifest symptom of an infection; however up until Dr. Storch’s research, it was extremely difficult to determine if the fever was the result of a bacterial or viral infection.  Gregory Storch, a pediatrician and infectious disease researcher at Washington University in St. Louis, along with his colleagues, has developed a simple test to measure gene activity in children to determine the nature of infectious fevers.  Using this gene test, Dr. Storch was able to distinguish the difference between bacteria fevers and those caused by viruses.

When a person has a fever, the activity of hundreds of genes change as the immune system responds to the infection.  By gauging the response of 18 specific genes, Dr. Storch and his team could correctly distinguish between bacterial and viral infections with 90% confidence in the results.  Dr. Storch is also working on identifying which microbes caused the viral infection, which can lead to further specific diagnosis and targeted treatment options.

This is great news for appropriately treating and caring for different types of infections.  The treatment for bacterial and viral infections is vastly different and use different medicines as they interact differently with the body and the body reacts to them differently.  This distinction is difficult for medical professionals to distinguish, however, as the symptoms to both are nearly identical.  Upon completion and mass availability of Dr. Storch’s test, medical professionals will be able to reduce the amount of antibiotic prescribed to patients.

DNA Services of America does not specifically provide medical testing; however one of their core specialties is forensic DNA testing.  The application of Dr. Storch’s test could help lead police and other law enforcement agencies to determine cases of wrongful death from medical malpractice.  Currently, Dr. Storch’s technique isn’t ready or available for clinical testing, but Storch is working on providing the test as soon as he is able.

On June 13, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States unanimously decided that companies cannot patent naturally occurring human genes. This is an interesting distinction as it breaks away from other cases regarding DNA patenting and collecting within the US. Earlier this month, SCOTUS ruled that police agencies could collect and indefinitely store human DNA, even if charges are dropped. This ruling identifies DNA similar to fingerprints in the eyes of the law in forensics information gathering. Also, previously to this ruling, SCOTUS has ruled that companies can patent synthesized genes.

This case has garnered national attention due to some interesting events in popular media. In May actress Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy. According to the news , after learning that she was extremely likely to develop breast cancer because she was a carrier of the BRCA1 gene. The case before SCOTUS was directly tied into this very BRCA1 gene. Myriad Genetics of Utah, was the only company that had developed a test to identify this gene and had patented the gene to maintain a monopoly over the testing. With this ruling other companies will now be able to develop testing, which should bring down the price of the test and make it available to more people. In time it is speculated that the BRCA1 test will become commonplace and lives will be saved as a direct result of this ruling.

DNA Services of America is pleased with this ruling. While we currently do not offer BRCA1 testing, we know that with this gene now open to further research more and more testing opportunities will become available.

DNA testing and analysis for medical diagnostic and disease predisposition is still a very young field. This ruling by SCOTUS will encourage growth within the field. By safeguarding against patenting naturally occurring genes, companies will be able to develop new studies and tests to identify other diseases and cancers. Hopefully, through this ruling and others like it, medical professionals will be able to provide better care for their patients by having better information with which to make important medical decisions.

If you believe that you are a potential carrier of the BRCA1 gene, or have a family history of breast cancer, we encourage you to contact you family physician and discuss you situation and options.

Monday, June 3rd, with a slim margin of 5 to 4, the Supreme Court of the United States agreed that police can sample DNA from an arrested individual and keep the specimen afterward, regardless of innocence or guilt.  This is one of two cases before the Supreme Court this year as they also tackle the controversial case of whether or not corporations can patent DNA.  Both of these subjects are important and reflect deeply on the nature of privacy and the very building blocks of life that compose a human.

DNA Services of America is a company that tests and profiles DNA sequences for individuals to answer questions for genealogy purposes, paternity disputes, forensic testing, and even immigration services.  As such, this is a very important topic.  So the question is to be asked, do you own the rights to your own DNA and should that be private?

To begin with, it is important to note that the Supreme Court’s ruling only applies to person apprehended.  The police can’t lift DNA without probably cause, currently.  In this regard, the Supreme Court has decided that DNA is similar to a fingerprint and is nothing more than an identifying mark of a person.  Applications of collecting DNA are important for cases of sexual abuse, as well as when blood is present at a crime scene, etc.  The application of this law should help keep people who are innocent from being prosecuted.  The disturbing aspect of the case is the nature that the police can keep a copy of your DNA on file once it is collected.  This is again similar to fingerprints, which are taken during an arrest and then kept on file.  Personally, while it may seem that is a overstep of power for both law enforcement agencies and the Supreme Court, the decision was based off of current practices already in place throughout the United States.

However, the next case to be heard is truly interesting.  Can a company patent genes?  Can a company patent DNA?  While the thought itself seems absurd, there are important questions to be asked that are at the heart of this case, and it goes beyond privacy.  Ultimately the case will be built around the idea that companies are experimenting with DNA and therefore any findings they have that can benefit can be patented and protected.  This begins to sound like something out of a science fiction story, or the movie GATTACA.  However as we move forward in DNA studies these questions will have to be asked and defined.  It is interesting to note that this time is already here.

The date was August 25, 1485.  King Richard III of England was being laid to rest in the choir of the Leicester Greyfriars Church after being defeated at the Battle of Bosworth two days earlier.  This defeat ended the 331 years of Plantagenet rule and ushered in the reign of the Tudors under King Henry VII.  The change in power also ended the Middle Ages and ushered in the Renaissance Period in England.
527 years to the day, on August 25, 2012 under a parking lot in Leicester, England, King Richard III’s remains have been located and exhumed from the remains of the Greyfriars Church.  DNA testing performed by the renowned Dr. Turi King at the University of Leicester and compared against known descendants of Richard III’s sister, Anne of York, has since confirmed that the exhumed remains are in fact that of King Richard III.

But is it really King Richard III?  Since the news has come out, many scientists are unsure at least until the results of the studies are publicized and can be peer reviewed.  Questions as to the type of DNA testing performed are the main point of contention to those doubting the results. It seems that due to the age of the remains and the surviving relatives that mitochondrial DNA testing was all that could be performed and as a result, could result in a false positive due to the fact that individuals could potentially share mitochondrial DNA and not be related.  What makes a mitochondrial relative is the sharing of rare variations in the DNA.  As this data has not yet been published, it is difficult for some to accept the data.
While DNA testing provides firm evidence as to whose remains were found, one only has to look at the corroborating evidence surrounding this case.  It is well known that Richard III had scoliosis, a curvature of the spine.  This caused one of his shoulders to be much higher than the other, which may be where the hunchback stories came from.  William Shakespeare wrote about this deformity in his works.  It is also well documented of the wounds that Richard III sustained during the battle as well as the post mortem “humiliation” wounds.   The wounds on the remains match up to what has been documented.  It is also well known that Richard III was buried in the choir of the Greyfriars church.  While the church was destroyed as a result of a dissolution decree of all monasteries by King Henry VIII in 1538, it was found as a result of research done by members of The Richard III Society and the University of Leicester, who tracked down medieval maps to locate the best approximation of the remains of the church.
Additionally, facial reconstruction was performed using the skull and astonishingly, the result closely matches known painted images of King Richard III.  While no paintings done while he was alive are known to exist, it is assumed that existing paintings are based off of paintings that have long since been destroyed.

Anytime you deal with 500+ year old remains, there will always be questions.   When you have strong corroborating evidence in addition to DNA evidence, it leads one to believe that King Richard III has indeed been found beneath a parking lot in Leicester, England.  His body will soon be interred at Leicester Cathedral sometime in 2014.

What if there was a test that could tell you if your child had the potential to be a world class athlete?  A biosciences company out of Colorado is now selling a DNA Test that can detect the ACTN-three gene.  This is the gene which is behind the “fast-twitch” muscles that world class athletes are said to have.  It is claimed that the absence of the gene means that the child might be better suited for endurance sports, while children with the gene might be better suited for contact sports. Kids that have a little bit of the gene, can play just about any sport.

How many times have we seen parents yelling at their kids at their sporting events because they struck out in their baseball game, missed a tackle in a football game or got beat in a swim meet?  If parents think their kids should be good at certain sports because of this test, what is going to happen to the morale of some of these kids?  It’s not just the absence or inclusion of a gene that determines if someone is going to be good at something.  Being good at something takes years of practice, focus and brains…..yes, brains.  Why is it that the professional sports leagues make you take an aptitude test.  You could be the strongest and fastest athlete around, but if you can’t think your way through a simple problem, nobody’s gonna give you a shot.

While this DNA Test may be able to let parents know if their kid has potential, there is no DNA Test for brains.

Here’s to ensuring that the decendents of kids who get picked last in PE class at school will get picked last till the end of time.

Since the beginning of celebritydom, unethical people have used every means possible to ride the money train of the rich and famous. Back in 1943, Sir Charles Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin was embroiled in a Paternity Suit from an ex-girlfriend.  Even though the blood type testing came back to show that Chaplin could not have possibly been the biological father (DNA Testing was not available at the time), the courts ruled against Chaplin and he was forced to pay child support until the child was 18 years old.  Even today with DNA testing, which is the “Gold-Standard” of determining paternity because it gives you a 0% probability of paternity or a 99.99%+ probability and is required now in nearly 100% of paternity cases, the lure of large sums of potential “hush money” is enough to get some people’s creative juices flowing.  It should go without saying that in all of these false and dishonest paternity suits, the winners are ultimately losers and the losers…well, they’re just losers.

For the celebrity, while the truth does eventually come out, the amount of money spent on litigating these cases can be tremendous.  Family relationships can be negatively impacted and judgement by the court of public opinion can result in bad publicity and fan disappointment if the celebrity or their staff handled themselves inappropriately.  This seems to have been the case for Charlie Chaplin, as he had been scrutinized in his years for his political views and his personal life. For the child in question, if they are old enough to realize what is going on, they’ll probably need counseling when it’s all over if they aren’t already there.  Ultimately, nobody wins.

Baby-Mama’s all over the country need to pay attention to this.  If you don’t know who your baby’s daddy is and you are thinking about striking it rich by accusing a celebrity of being the daddy–think twice, maybe thrice.  Rich people generally have more money than you and have people on staff to mitigate and litigate their issues.  Accomplices and free legal services will only get you so far. With recent news that Mariah Yeater has recently dismissed her very public Paternity Lawsuit against teen idol Justin Bieber and possibly hired a new attorney to seek a private settlement, let’s take a look at this and some other failed Celebrity baby-daddy accusations.

Justin Bieber

Mariah Yeater, a 20 year old unemployed mother of a 3 month old, accused Bieber of fathering her child in the bathroom after one of his concerts when he was 16 and she was 19. Yeater is seeking financial compensation.  Not long after Bieber agreed to take a PaternityTest, Yeater quietly dropped her lawsuit claiming that she was receiving death threats and was afraid for her and her child.  After her legal counsel bailed on her, Yeater proceeded to hire a new attorney who is attempting to negotiate a settlement with Bieber in a more private manner. It was further discovered and reported by TMZ that Yeater may have requested that another potential father candidate, delete all text messages where he claims or has been told that he was the proper father, in return  for a ”kick” when Yeater gets paid.   This case is far from over.  Interestingly, not many people are talking about the potential statutory rape charges faced by Yeater as she was 19 and Bieber was only 16 at the time of their tryst.  The age of consent in California where this supposedly occurred is 18.  DOH!

Chris Rock

Back in 2007, Kali Bowyer claimed that Chris Rock had fathered a child with her 13 years earlier.  Despite DNA testing proving that Rock was not the father, Bowyer continued to insist that Rock was in fact the father and even sold her story to multiple tabloid news outlets.  It was later discovered that Bowyer had an extensive criminal record of lying to police, bad check writing and running a scam or two.  The courts finally ruled in Rock’s favor.  After spending a tremendous sum of money to defend the case, Rock made a public appeal to Bowyer to donate any monies made on the sale of her story to charities benefitting disadvantaged boys and girls.

Keanu Reeves

Mr. Anderson, as he is known to fans of The Matrix, wasn’t “The One.”  In 2009, Karen Sala accused Reeves of being the father of her four adult children.  How could this possibly happen?  Well, according to Sala, Reeves hypnotized her and disguised himself as her ex-husband and impregnated her.  Sala sued Reeves for $3 million a month for spousal support and $150,000 a month for back child support.  Needless to say, after the DNA tests came back negative, the case was thrown out.

Bill Cosby

Dr. Huxstable, America’s favorite Dad back in the 90’s, should have made this a focus of one of his award-winning shows.  Cosby admitted to paying his mistress $100,000 back in the 1970’s after she delivered a baby girl named Autumn Jackson.  Twenty –three years later, Autumn Jackson threatened to sell her story to the supermarket tabloids if Cosby didn’t pay her $40 million.  Cosby called Jackson’s bluff and submitted to DNA testing, which Jackson refused to participate in.  Jackson was ultimately sentenced to 26 months in a Federal prison for extortion.

These are just a few of the more recent high profile cases.  No one who has made it in life is immune to this.  False accusations of paternity are not just something that the rich and famous have to deal with.  Thousands of cases a year pop up in local cities throughout country accusing spouses of infidelity, often leading up to a paternity suit. Years from now, new high profile paternity cases will arise and people will have long but forgotten about Justin Bieber, Chris Rock, Keanu Reeves and Bill Cosby.  Unfortunately for the unethical accusers, DNA and other identification technology is only getting better and easier to use. DNA Testing companies seem to have many years of job security ahead of them.

Message From the President

DNA Services of America had been in the DNA Testing business for over 7 years.  During that time, we have performed thousands of confidential DNA tests on individuals looking for the answer to the life changing question of “Am I the Father?”  Our dedicated case coordinator’s are extremely knowledgeable and can help you with any family relationship testing question that you may have.  Our partner laboratories are certified to ensure that proper protocols are used to ensure that the test is done properly and is correct.  DNA Services of America has also worked with many high profile clients and in addition to our standard confidentiality procedures, has additional safeguards in place to further protect the identity of the tested party.

If Justin Bieber is still interested in taking a Paternity Test to prove that he is not the father of Mariah Yeater’s child, we would like to offer Justin Bieber the opportunity to have the test done by our comapny, DNA Services of America, at no cost; in an effort to get this behind him.

Chimpanzees have for years been the ideal subject for experimental research due to their closeness to the human species.  Microbiologists have also had a question as to why humans and chimpanzees differ in appearance, even though we share almost 99 percent of our DNA?

Scientists at Georgia Tech University have recently discovered that the answer to this question lies in our junk DNA.  This junk DNA, or non-coding DNA as it is also referred to, has traditionally been cast aside by researchers as it had no known biological connections.  Non-coding DNA doesn’t directly affect our genes as they do not code protein sequences in our genes.

While humans and chimpanzees genes are nearly identical, there are some gaps which are created by the junk DNA inserting itself or deleting itself throughout .  This movement of this junk DNA acts as a switch to turn on and off certain characteristics throughout the genome which in turn makes humans look like humans and chimpanzees look like chimpanzees.  Approximately 42 percent of human DNA is made up of this junk DNA while in other mammals it is between 45 to 48 percent.

Studies have shown that the differences in these gaps created by the behavior of the junk DNA inserting itself and deleting itself throughout the genome is correlated with the way that the genes express themselves (i.e. looks, speech, behavior, etc).  While the majority of these differences are believed to be biologically insignificant, the few thousand differences that are significant are helping to shed light on our evolution as a human species.