(+) EnlargeThe Family Tree DNA test kit is the collection kit used for our DNA tests. A kit is for use by one person. It consists of two swabs, two tubes, instructions, and the release form.
Each swab has a cotton 'toothed' tip. Using it feels like brushing your inner cheek with your toothbrush. A good scrape produces lots of DNA. This makes the DNA extraction process easier. It also decreases the chance that you will need to redo your sample.
The tubes contain a fluid that prevents bacteria growth. Thus, you can test and return your kit in any type of weather (hot or cold). Your sample will remain fresh and intact for months.
The prior industry standard was the dry preservation method. It worked without the fluid. However, in humid climates, the swab tip was prone to bacteria growth. We have many international customers. Therefore, we have chosen a universal collection kit.
Your kit has instructions for collecting your DNA sample. They are available in many languages. It also has the release form. The release form allows us to share your name and e-mail address with your matches.
See also: How do I use the swabs?