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DNA Bioscience Brings Breakthrough In Home DNA Testing

10/19/2005 5:09:06 PM

LONDON, August 8 /PRNewswire/ -- With 10,000 DNA relationship tests completed annually in the UK an increase year on year of 20%, there is growing demand for trained nurses to collect DNA samples from the home, especially for children in foster care, where the foster carer has several children in their charge and cannot take one child to a GP or our walk-in clinic easily.

Other potential scenarios include newborn babies needing a paternity test, where it's not convenient or easy for the new mum to get to the doctors. At the other end of the spectrum, home visits are ideal for ethnicity or relationship tests required for asylum appeals and where the applicant is not registered with a GP, or who don't speak English and have difficulties communicating.

To meet this growing need, DNA Bioscience, a leading genetics discovery company, has launched a new partnership with Advantage Healthcare Group. DNA Bioscience can now deploy a trained nurse from Advantage Healthcare's network of 7,000 workers anywhere in the country to collect a DNA sample.

Avi Lasarow, Managing Director of DNA Bioscience, commented on the partnership: "Some people are too embarrassed to ask their doctors about DNA tests, while others are worried about using home testing kits incorrectly. Accuracy and discretion are critical, so the partnership with Advantage Healthcare represents a real step forward in our business. We'll be the only UK company in the sector with the capacity to send a nurse to our clients' homes to take DNA samples."

DNA Bioscience was founded in 2003. It has already established a leading reputation in the expanding DNA testing market, with services including testing for paternity and ethnicity, forensics and DNA preservation. It is one of the few DNA companies to be certified by the Department for Constitutional Affairs and to have ISO accreditation.

Advantage Healthcare, formerly known as BUPA Healthcare Professionals, is a national healthcare business which supplies temporary doctors, nurses, carers and other health professionals to public and private health service providers to cover staff shortfalls and fluctuating workloads. In addition, the company provides bespoke services to pharmaceutical and diagnostic healthcare companies.

DNA Bioscience has provided a range of DNA relationship testing services for law firms, Local Authorities, social services, adoption agencies and a number of GP practices.

The standard cost of a DNA test is GBP 189, with a collection cost of GBP 50.

Editors' Notes

About DNA Bioscience

DNA Bioscience was established in December 2002. It is focused on providing reliable and confidential global DNA products, including 'peace of mind' testing for consumers and legal testing for courts and legal disputes. Services include paternity/maternity testing; sibling verification; DNA storage and profiling. DNA Bioscience is on the Department for Constitutional Affairs' list of approved companies to provide DNA relationship tests to the courts and the Home Office.

DNA Bioscience was awarded the Shell 'Significant Progress Award' for companies in May 2005.

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CONTACT: For further information, please contact: Karen Hughes, The DrumConsultancy, Tel +44-(0)20-7025-8044, Fax +44-(0)20-7025-8100, Mob+44-(0)7787-557499

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