DNA Specimen Provenance Assay – DSPA Testing

DNA Specimen Provenance Assay (DSPA) is used to definitively ascribe patient identity and rule out specimen contamination when making the diagnosis of cancer and other histopathological conditions. A panel of 16 microsatellite Short Tandem Repeat (STR) markers that recognizes highly variable loci of human DNA is used in a PCR-based assay and analyzed by capillary gel electrophoresis. The 16 STR loci range from approximately 75 to 400 base pairs in length, and are highly polymorphic in the human population. The collective data from this panel results in a genetic profile, or “DNA fingerprint”, representing the individual. Our DSPA testing compares the genetic profile from the specimen(s) in question with the profile derived from the patient’s DNA reference sample.

Download the PDF file below for a more detailed explanation of the four stages in DSPA testing.

DSPA 4 stagesKnow Error DNA Specimen Provenance Assay (DSPA)  |  PDF (168KB)





DSPA Testing ProcessThe Know Error DSPA process involves the collection of the patient’s DNA reference and submitting it to Strand. The biopsy tissue specimen(s) is also sent to Strand from the pathology laboratory. Strand performs the DSPA test by comparing the DNA profiles of the reference swab to the biopsy tissue specimen. A report is then issued to the ordering physician confirming a match or non-match of each specimen tested.


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