DNA Banking Process

Here is an overview of the DNA Banking Process. This information can also be found in the DNA Banking Agreement on our DNA Banking Forms page.

  1. PreventionGenetics will send you a collection kit at no charge. You can call, fax, or e-mail to receive a kit. You may also indicate that you need a kit on your completed DNA Banking Agreement form. The kit will contain one blood collection tube, shipping containers and full instructions for completing the collection. It also includes a prepaid UPS return envelope for your convenience in returning the kit to PreventionGenetics.
  2. The DNA Banking Agreement is freely available from the PreventionGenetics web site. If necessary, we can also mail or fax a copy to you. You will need to sign a copy of the Agreement and mail or fax it to PreventionGenetics (see address at end of Agreement). You will need to provide the name and address of a Representative who will be responsible for the DNA sample if you become incapacitated and/or after your death. A parent or legal guardian must sign for a child Depositor under the age of majority (age of majority is based on the law in the state of the child’s residence). An agent with the power of attorney or a guardian must sign for an adult Depositor who is incapable of providing consent.
  3. Next, you must arrange for payment. Current fees for DNA Banking are $149 for a single individual, $139 per person for 2-4 family members, and $129 per person for 5 or more family members. To receive the discounted prices, the family member’s samples need to be sent together, unless prior arrangements have been made. If a Depositor is also having clinical DNA testing performed at PreventionGenetics, the cost of DNA Banking is only $98. Please see the PreventionGenetics website for further information regarding this option. Payment may be made by enclosing a check payable to PreventionGenetics with your signed Agreement or by filling out the credit card information on the Billing Information page of the Agreement. There are no additional fees, such as annual storage fees.
  4. The Depositor will need to go to a local doctor’s office or to another qualified phlebotomist to have blood drawn. Five to ten milliliters of blood (approximately one to four teaspoons) will be drawn. There might be some bruising and the discomfort of a needle stick. PreventionGenetics is not liable for any complications that may arise from the blood drawing. The phlebotomist may ship the blood for you to the PreventionGenetics lab. You will likely be charged for the blood drawing. This cost is your responsibility.
  5. From the blood samples, PreventionGenetics lab personnel will extract DNA, measure the DNA amount, and place the DNA into secure freezer systems. The DNA will be stored in at least two freezers at two or more separate locations. In the rare event that the extraction fails, PreventionGenetics will send you another collection kit and will repeat the extraction without any additional charge.
  6. After the DNA has been banked, a copy of the ratified Banking Agreement will be sent to you, as well as your representative. The signed copy of the Agreement should be stored safely among your important papers. The Agreement will contain your Depositor Number which is crucial in making withdrawals.
  7. Specimen Requirements
    • WHOLE BLOOD: Collect 10 ml of whole blood in EDTA (purple top tube) or ACD (yellow top tube).
    • DNA: Send in screw cap tube (indicate concentration on tube label).
    • CELL CULTURE & FRESH, FROZEN TISSUE: Please contact us for details.