FAQ Quick Menu For Home Paternity Testing
Q. How does a DNA parentage test work?
A child inherits DNA from the mother’s egg (23 chromosomes) and the father’s sperm (also 23 chromosomes). Each parent contributes half of the child’s DNA. The child (and every person) has 23 pairs of chromosomes. For each location (“locus,” plural “loci”) in a chromosome pair there is a specific DNA sequence in each chromosome. A DNA parentage test works by identifying the specific DNA sequences for multiple loci in the mother, child, and father. If the mother and father are the parents of the child, the two DNA sequences at each locus in the child’s chromosomes must have been inherited from each parent. By determining these DNA sequences, paternity or other familial relationships can be established.
Q. What if I want to test more than one child or alleged parent?
Additional family members can be included in the tests. Additional charges apply.
Q. How accurate is the DNA paternity test?
DNA testing is the most accurate method available for determining paternity. Once each participant’s DNA profile is determined, the genetic data is compared. From this information a probability of paternity can be calculated. The probability for a positive result is 99.99999% in most cases, and always 0% if the man is not considered the biological father.
Q. What happens to the test samples after the test?
Our normal procedure is to retain the samples for six months in case additional testing approved by the customer is necessary, and then destroy the samples. If you wish, however, you may request that we destroy all samples containing the tested persons’ DNA immediately after completing the test.
Q. Does the mother have to be tested as well?
Her participation is recommended, but it is not usually required. Ideally, the mother, child, and alleged father should be tested.
Q. How long does it take to get the results?
We guarantee to have the results ready approximately two (2) business days from receipt of samples. A shorter turnaround time of one (1) working day can be arranged for an additional charge.
Q. How will I receive my results?
Test results are accessed online by clicking the RESULTS LOGIN button. You will lo gin with the username (email) and password chosen during case setup. Please note: we do not give results over the phone nor can we send the report as an email attachment, for security reasons. If you’d like to receive your results by snail mail, you may select that option for an additional fee.
Q. Can my test results be used in court?
Not with this test. For results to be court admissible, chain-of-custody samples and proof of identity is required. If you need a court- admissible test, please contact us at 1-800-329-3758.
Q. Can I buy a test if I am from New York State?
New York State has specific requirements for paternity testing including: collection by a third party under chain of custody; the specimen must be accompanied by a test order from your physician or lawyer; and specimens must be submitted to and analyzed by a laboratory holding a NYS permit. For more information on the NYS policy, call 1-800-682-6056.
Q. Are the results confidential?
Yes, your results are completely confidential. Your results will be held in strictest confidence and released only to you.