DNA Test Kit Instructions
The Family Tree DNA test kit consists of two cotton 'toothed' swab kits---designed
for a single person's use. Each tube contains a fluid designed to arrest bacteria
growth, so you can scrape your cheek and return your kit in any type of weather
(hot or cold). The freshness of your sample will remain intact for months. Remember,
a good scrape produces lots of DNA.
Your kit also includes instructions for collecting your DNA sample (available in
many languages) and the all important Release Form. The Release Form is your written
consent that allows FTDNA to share your name and email address with someone who
matches your genetic fingerprint exactly. The order form shown in the video is only
provided to kits that are purchased from a genealogy event or conference and is
not needed for kits purchased directly from our website.
Return your sample kit in the self-addressed envelope provided, and send it back
to Family Tree DNA via US Mail (postage within the US is $2.07).
Please Note--Read these instructions entirely before begining your specimen
collection. Scraping should be before eating or drinking, or it should be at least
an hour after eating and drinking.
A kit is for use by
one person. We have supplied 2 swabs and collection tubes to insure accuracy.
The number on your
tube should correspond to the number on your Release Form and the plastic bag.
With clean hands,
carefully open the plastic wrapper without damaging the scraper. Keep the plastic
bag that has your kit number to put the tubes back after the collection.
Using one cheek scraper,
scrape forcefully inside the cheek many times (about 60 seconds). A great scrape
gives us a great sample! A weak scrape will yield less DNA and may cause several
weeks delay. The sensation of using our scraper is like brushing the inside of your
cheek with your toothbrush.
Remove the small specimen
tube marked with your kit number. Unscrew the top and gently push on the plunger
at the top of the applicator stick, ejecting the scraper into the tube, just under
the soapy solution. (Please do not jam the scraper to the bottom of the tube…it
is difficult to retrieve)!
Remove the plastic
applicator handle, leaving the scraper tip in the tube. Twist the cap onto the tube
securely. The tube must be shut tightly to insure the quality of your sample. The
tube with the scraper tip inside should be left at room temperature. However, it
will not be harmed by winter or summer temperatures when sent by regular mail.
Wait 3-4 hours and
repeat steps 4 to 6 for the second scraper and tube marked with your kit number.
Put the tubes inside
the plastic bag that has your kit number and seal it. Insert the plastic bag and
the release form in the self-addressed envelope provided, and send it back to Family
Tree DNA via US Mail (postage within the US is $2.07). If payment has not yet been
made, please make sure to write the Kit AND Invoice numbers on the check. This will
ensure that payment is correctly assigned to your order.