Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

How does a Dna test work?

has anyone ever had this done before? im scared

Answer Question

Asked by vanessacuervo75 at 11:35 PM on Jun. 5, 2011 in Pregnancy

Level 4 (57 Credits)
Answers (2)
  • All they do is take a giant Q-Tip, swab your mouth, the child's mouth and the father's mouth. Then they send the swab to a lab to compare DNA, and a few weeks later you get the results in the mail!

    Answer by ValMommy17 at 11:47 PM on Jun. 5, 2011

  • Since all of a child's DNA comes from the parents, it's easy to identify which parent contributed what. They take the child's DNA, cut it up with an enzyme, then "print" it on a gel by running electricity through it. The longer the segment, the slower it takes to gravel through the gel. They cut each of the parent's DNA with the same enzyme and run it through a gel as well. They then compare the results. All of the child's segments should match up with both parents. If doing just one parent, then roughly half of the segments should match up with the parent.

    Answer by Busimommi at 12:37 AM on Jun. 6, 2011

Join CafeMom now to contribute your answer and become part of our community. It's free and takes just a minute.