a question from the list (below) for more information.
What am I?
So what is DNA?
How does my own 'one off' designer label DNA become my own 'one off'
Will it hurt?
How many samples can be on a DesigNA™ or work of art?
Why is a consent form needed?
What if a sample donor is under 16?
What is Parental Responsibility?
How long does a DesigNA™ test take and how can I check on
Who will have access to your samples?
How am I sure the samples will not be mixed up?
Can our DNA profiles be used for paternity testing?
How do I contact you?
Who are Complement Genomics?
Unique for a start! Many complex ingredients make you what you are,
from your heart, brain and other organs to the colour of your eyes and
hair, the symmetry of your face, your consciousness and your emotions…they
all contribute to make YOU a unique marvel of creation. Moulded by your
environment, YOU are a product of your genes. So what are your "genes"
and how does it all work? In your body each organ is made up of tiny
compartments which are too small to see with the naked eye. These units,
known as cells, are common to all living organisms. There are millions
of millions (trillions!) of cells in your body which are grouped according
to the wide range of different jobs they perform. Basically, each cell
has two compartments, an outer package which does most of the work and
an inner package called a nucleus, which contains the book of instructions.
These instructions are in the form of a code and which is the same in
every cell of your body. To attain different functions, different pieces
of the code are used at any one point in time in each cell. This remarkable
code is deoxyribonucleic acid, which is more commonly known as DNA.
what is DNA?
Each DNA molecule carries a four letter code (A, G, C, and T ) which
represent the chemicals they are derived from. In humans, each cell
contains three thousand million pieces of this code, which determines
how the cell will function. Around 5% of the code in the cell is used
to determine what the cell does (these are your genes) with the remainder
being of unknown function ("mystery" DNA). However, this does
not mean that this DNA is not useful! Chunks of the mystery DNA (up
to 10 items of code in length) are repeated many times in series and
hence, these chunks are called short tandem repeats.
Each of us has a
unique set of short tandem repeats, derived half from mum and half from
dad. This unique "designer label" can be used to distinguish
you from millions of other people and by using our own unique service,
we transform this into a beautiful visual form, which is YOUR unique
does my own 'one off' designer label DNA become my own 'one off' DesigNA™
Your DNA has already produced the unique art form that YOU see in the
mirror every day. And now you can see your individuality in YOUR OWN
genetic profile using a unique coloured bar code!
We use the 'mystery'
DNA to produce your unique genetic fingerprint, or DNA profile, by searching
for small sequence repeats which are found in each and every one of
us. By using advanced laboratory techniques, we make sure that we have
enough DNA by "photocopying" the relevant sections.
We then analyse
the DNA by using state of the art machinery and sophisticated computer
programmes which enable us to produce a series of coloured peaks which
identify you from millions of other people. Then, using a series of
bespoke techniques, we transform this information into a coloured barcode
which is used to produce the ultimate "one of one" and totally
unique DesigNA™ or Work of Art! The end result is a gift which
really is inimitably you!
many samples can be on a DesigNA™ or Work of Art?
We can do individuals, couples, children, whole families, groups of
friends or any combination. Popular options are for parents, grandparents,
christenings, birthdays etc. The DesigNA™ or Work of Art you choose
is up to you, although some of our art forms are more amenable to multiple
DNA profiles than others. If you are in any doubt, please call us to
discuss your requirements, colour schemes etc. You will find we are
flexible and eager to please!
Not at all. The sample will be taken by gently rubbing a soft brush
around the inside of the mouth. Full instructions will be included with
your DesigNA™ kit. The procedure is simple and painless.
is a consent form needed?
We request that each person providing their bodily sample for a DesigNA™
test give their consent to do so, so that the nature and purpose of
the test is absolutely clear.
We believe that
YOUR genetic material is yours and that no-one should have access to
it or any information contained within it, without your express written
and informed consent.
We ask for your
consent to make it clear that we work on your behalf. We do not at any
point take ownership of your DNA sample or DNA profile or assume any
rights over it. However, any intellectual property in for example the
designs used to make your DesigNA™ product belong to Complement
When we send you
or your designated sampler the testing kit, we will include consent
forms for each party to be tested (which you will have indicated on
the contact us form or to us by telephone).You should be aware that
it is a serious offence punishable by imprisonment to personate another
person for the purpose of providing a bodily sample or to proffer the
wrong child for that purpose.
if a sample donor is under 16?
For a child who is under sixteen, the person with parental responsibility
for that child should give their permission for the DesigNA™ test
to be carried out. A place for this person to sign regarding consent
is indicated on the form which we provide with the kit.
is Parental Responsibility?
Parental responsibility means that the person concerned has all of the
rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority that a parent
of a child has by law*. Where a child's parents were married to each
other at the time of the child's birth, each parent will have parental
responsibility for the child. However, if a child's parents are not
married to each other, the mother shall automatically have parental
responsibility over the child. The father will not be able to claim
parental responsibility unless he acquires it by:
obtaining a court
registering a legally written agreement subject to the mother's consent
marriage to the child's mother
being granted a residence order
People other than parents may acquire parental responsibility by appointment
as a guardian or by an order of the court. The person with parental
responsibility should if possible explain to the child the nature and
purpose of the DesigNA™ test. As defined in the Children Act
long does a DesigNA™ test take and how can I check its progress?
From the time we receive the samples from you, the production of your
DesigNA™ will take around 30 working days (6 weeks) depending
upon the gift in question. Works of art may take longer. We will keep
you informed of progress if for some reason there will be a delay. We
can give an indication of where your sample(s) is/are in the system
if you telephone us and give us the case reference number. Postage and
packaging is not included in the purchase price.
will have access to your samples?
Your DNA samples will not be released to any third party and will remain
your property. The holding company of DesigNA™ is Complement Genomics
Ltd, which is registered under the UK Data Protection Act 1998. Three
months after sending your DesigNA™ or Work of Art to you, the
DNA sample will be destroyed. Paper records are kept for one year and
are then destroyed. Specifically, we DO NOT provide information to insurance
companies or to authorised bodies (such as the police) for inclusion
sure am I that the samples have not been mixed up?
We have in place BS EN ISO 9001:2000 accreditation and a sample tracking
and auditing procedure. We use all reasonable precautions to make sure
your samples cannot be mixed up. Our quality system has several checks
and double checks which should give you re-assurance as to our quality
system. In addition, we retest a random selection of samples to make
sure of our accuracy.
your DNA profile be used for paternity testing?
Whilst the DNA profile data we derive from your DNA is very similar
to that used for paternity testing, we do not recommend its use for
this purpose. Paternity testing requires complete statistical analysis
by trained operatives and this is NOT provided with the DesigNA™
service. If paternity testing is an issue for you, you are recommended
to visit our website http://www.dadcheck.com, or to use the freephone
0808 145 5789.
do I contact you?
Our freephone number
is: 0808 143 0361
You can write to
us at: DesigNA™,
c/o Complement Genomics Ltd,
Unit 128, Biosciences Centre,
Business & Innovation Centre,
Wearfield, Sunderland, SR5 2TA, UK
Or you can e-mail
us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our telephone lines
will be open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and an answering machine will
be available outside of these times. Please leave your name and telephone
number and a convenient time to call you; we will then return your call.
are Complement Genomics?
Complement Genomics are the providers of the DesigNA™
tests. They are a well reputed company which specialize in genetic testing
and also does research into diseases and conditions which may have a
genetic cause. More information can be found on their website at www.compgeno.com
They are also a
leading company in the field of paternity testing, details of which
can be found at www.dadcheck.com
A standard dadcheck
paternity test proves with 100% accuracy if a man is not the father
of a child and alternatively, a standard dadcheck test proves that he
is the father of a child with 99.99% certainty. You can contact this
service on freephone 0808 145 5789.
also provides a unique DNA storage service, for you and your family
to preserve your heritage for future generations. This is useful for
resolution of inheritance issues, for analysis of genetic disorders
and for making an archive of the genetic material of your family. This
service can be found at www.willcheck.co.uk or you can speak to us on
freephone 0808 145 5790.