Artifact testing is a last resort. A brick wall smasher. If you can send your relative’s saliva in a tube to a company that tests 1,000 samples at a time, try that first. Extracting DNA from artifacts must be done one at a time, and – to get the best results – requires equipment so advanced that most crime labs do not even have it.
As noted elsewhere (Services), there are two general phases of artifact testing. The pricing below is for Phase 1 Quantification, (determining whether there is enough usable DNA to perform) Phase 2 sequencing. (This is sometimes called genotyping, but with the FGx is more correctly referred to as sequencing).
Due to COVID-19, there’s been a delay by the manufacturer in giving us final pricing and availability for Phase 2 (Sequencing), such as reagents, panels, etc. Therefore, we’re unable to post that pricing yet. So basically, you have two options. You can wait to do anything until the total price (Phase 1 + Phase 2) is known. Or you can go ahead with Phase 1 to find out if your item even qualifies for Phase 2, but without knowing yet how much Phase 2 would cost. This might drive you crazy, especially if you find out there is plenty of DNA but now have to wait. However, if you choose that option, you will be at the front of the line if you proceed with Phase 2 when the information and materials are available.
*All pricing in U.S. dollars.
|PRICING FOR PHASE 1 (Quant)|
|Other item not requiring special processing||$390*|
|Teeth/bone (TissueLyzer)||Additional $100* ($490)|
|Porous / inaccessible material requiring M-Vac||Additional $77* ($467)|
|Items requiring other special processing||Contact us|
|* Customer will be notified in advance if special processing, TissueLyzer, or M-Vac is required|
|PRICING FOR PHASE 2 (Sequencing)|
|Autosomal (GEDmatch) profile, YSTR, XSTR||To be determined|
|Mitochondrial||To be determined|
|Uploading autosomal profile to GEDmatch||Included|
|Phenotyping (predicting eye, hair, and skin color)||Included|
|Collection of DNA from exhumation / grave relocation or other on-site (hospital, funeral home, estate, etc.)||Contact us|
1. BEST: Email photographs of the item to Betty@KeepsakeDNA.com. We’ll respond within 3 business days. SECOND BEST: Call us at 801-966-7320 (Betty) or 801-386-6621 (Karra), although we’ll probably ask you to send photos anyway. LEAST BEST: Send us your item(s) or envelope(s) or other items without warning. Keepsake DNA, c/o 4885 S 900 E, Suite 300B, Salt Lake City, Utah 84117.
2. If, after we see your item, you decide to proceed with Phase 1 (Quant), we’ll confirm the price. You can then pay with a credit card, PayPal, Venmo, or personal check.
3. SENDING ENVELOPES: We prefer that you send the entire envelope(s) without attempting to remove the flap / stamp yourself. The lab has conducted studies on the best way to maximize extraction of DNA in this process. Please note whether you want the envelope returned.
4. SENDING OTHER ITEMS: Please handle items as little as possible. Use gloves, paper towel, etc., to pack the item. Please use a service like USPS or FedEx that permits tracking. Once we receive payment and your item(s), we will proceed with Phase I (Quant).
5. MULTIPLE ITEMS: If you submit multiple items, we need to know what you have in mind. If you want all items tested, you’ll be charged the stated price for each item. If you want us to stop as soon as we have one good quant result, we’ll start with one item and let you know the result before testing any others. We’ll send back untested items upon payment of actual cost of return USPS postage with tracking.
6. RETURNING ITEMS: If you wish an item returned, we’ll let you know when it is ready, and will request payment of the actual cost for USPS postage with tracking.