In Summary
  • Abbreviation for Deoxyribo Nucleic Acid test, DNA exam can be simply defined as the scientific matching of genetic profiles of unidentified or dead person with those of identified persons (dead or living).
  • Besides identifying people, it can be used to diagnose or rule out suspected genetic disorders, predict risks for specific conditions, or gain information that can be used to customise medical treatments.

The family of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga is set to conduct a DNA test to establish the paternity of twins his wife Ida claims were fathered by their late son Fidel.

The Odingas are the latest to turn to this scientific method of unravelling mysteries of parentage, ancestry and human identity.

Abbreviation for Deoxyribo Nucleic Acid test, DNA exam can be simply defined as the scientific matching of genetic profiles of unidentified or dead person with those of identified persons (dead or living).

Known as forensic examination of human remains, the investigation is done establish the person’s identity, and cause and manner of death.

Besides identifying people, it can be used to diagnose or rule out suspected genetic disorders, predict risks for specific conditions, or gain information that can be used to customise medical treatments.

WHY DNA TESTING

Genetic tests can also be carried out on plants and animals to establish their origins and diagnose genetic disorders.

DNA tests were recently used to identify the remains of 157 victims of March 10 Ethiopian crash, who included 32 Kenyans.

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