DNA Preservation is simply the securing and storing of genetic material. It can be done for people or for pets, and for a variety of reasons. Overall, DNA preservation creates opportunities for your family in the future.
Most people interested in DNA preservation are considering it for the research and testing in the future. Advances in medicine have been made in large part from genetic researchers in clinics, especially in ways to prevent, treat and/or cure diseases such as cancer and diseases such as ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) , Sickle Cell Anemia and Alzheimer’s. When someone in your family has suffered from or passed away from a genetic condition, it can benefit future generations to have their DNA preserved for clinical testing if needed. Some patients have been able to use stem cell transplants to increase their quality and length of life, and this has been possible due to DNA research and genetic therapy.
Because DNA contains information about an individual’s ancestry, it is also used for determining relationships between individuals. Genealogical research to determine family lineage is becoming more popular as our world grows more diverse and separated from our countries of origin. The popular TV show, “Who do you think you are” documents the stories of stars looking into their familial beginnings. Physical records are one way to do research but DNA preservation is the most accurate, because no two individuals have the same DNA (except identical twins). This is particularly fascinating in applications involving paternal or estate lawsuits, criminal or missing persons cases and lineage disputes.
Cremation is being chosen by nearly half of today’s population, and this choice destroys all DNA evidence. Additionally, burial will destroy DNA over time, especially if the body has undergone the embalming processes. This means DNA preservation needs to happen before death and certainly before cremation or burial. Preserved DNA is designed to last indefinitely and can also be used to create a variety of memorial or keepsake items.
There are currently a thousand DNA tests that can test several genes for diseases, ancestry, physical traits, health information and more. And new tests are being developed to continue research and understanding about how we pass certain conditions to the next generations. These tests could allow those coming generations to be proactive in their health and minimize their risks of certain disease. As the advances in medicine leap forward, the specialization of pharmacogenomics will become more prevalent, in response to DNA testing.
In the world of pet DNA preservation, cells are being used to clone horses, dogs and other animals to preserve their bloodline as well as for clinical testing just as it is for humans.
In the Denver Metro area, Heflebower Funeral & Cremation Services is the exclusive provider of DNA P