Sowell Chikwari (STAFF WRITER)
A NEW GPS DNA testing service that locates the geographical origin of a person, zooming it to the village of origin is now available at Global DNA Zimbabwe.
GPS DNA testing, which is only available at Global DNA Zimbabwe at an affordable price is the first of its kind in Zimbabwe. It’s ideal for people who have no clue about their origins.
Meanwhile, Global DNA Zimbabwe, which releases annual statistical data on tested DNA samples nationwide has revealed that the 2020 statistical data will be out released soon.
This enables policy-makers to reflect and make informed decisions when crafting national policies.
This comes as the 2018 and 2019 statistical data has raised eyebrows amid indications that there is a huge increase in negative partenity DNA test results in the country.
The Legal DNA Test has enabled inheritance, child support and maintenance
disputes to be settled amicably, while Forensic DNA tests help in identifying individuals after death.
In last year’s data analysis, 63 percent of the tests produced a negative result, slightly lower than the 2018 statistical evaluation which showed that 70 percent of men who took part in the partenity DNA tests are keeping children that are not theirs.
The analysis reflected that 63 percent of the alleged fathers were not the biological parent of the tested child.
Test results for DNA samples have an accuracy rate of 99,99 percent, effectively ruling out any chance of bias.
“Our DNA test results are 99,9% accurate hence our services are very reliable. We also produce statistical data on tested samples on a yearly basis for public consumption. This year’s statistical data will be out anytime from now,” said Global DNA Zimbabwe Principal Consultant Tinashe Mugabe.
DNA samples are tested in order to find correspondence within the DNA
of the participants.
Other types of DNA tests offered by Global DNA Zimbabwe include the Infidelity DNA Test, Legal Paternity DNA Test, Avuncular DNA Test, Relationship DNA Test, Skin Analysis DNA Test, Health Weight DNA Test, Peace of Mind Paternity DNA Test, Pre-Natal DNA Test, Siblingship DNA Test, Immigration DNA Test, Food and Drink DNA Test as well as the Animal DNA Test.
The most popular test is the Peace of Mind Paternity DNA Test in which samples used are mainly buccal swabs, nails, toothbrush and used ear buds.