Frequently Asked Questions about DNA Testing
DNA testing is an accurate way to determine any relationship. Whether it’s grandparents, aunts, uncles, father, or mother. There are multiple options available to suit any scenario. Please read our FAQ’s below regarding DNA Testing and our variety of tests available.
Q: What is DNA Paternity Testing?
Paternity testing is a scientific way to determine the biological parents of a child. DNA paternity testing examines genetic material from a child and compares it to that of the mother and alleged father. While the word paternity refers to the father, a mother or other close relatives can also be identified by DNA testing.
Q: Can DNA Paternity Testing be performed without the mother participating?
Yes, although a mother's sample is always suggested, our methods of DNA testing are so accurate and conclusive that testing can be performed without the mother's sample. If an inconclusive result occurs and the mother needs to be tested, an additional fee of $150.00 will be charged to test the mother.
Q: How accurate is DNA Testing?
Up to 99.999%
Q: What is DNA Testing?
This acronym stands for Deoxyribo-Nucleic-Acid. It is a long, complex molecule carrying information in the form of a chemical code and dictates how the body and cells should form.
Q: What is the average turn around time for testing?
Approximately 4 to 5 business days.
Q: How do I get the results to my DNA Test?
Preliminary results can be phoned, faxed or emailed. Certificates can be mailed the following business day if so requested.
Q: Do you have to be certified to collect DNA Testing results?
No, although it is better to have someone who has been trained and certified by the National Association for DNA Collection and Management (NADCM). NADCM has designed specific training and certification programs tailored to the various aspects of DNA collection and management. Individuals certified by NADCM will have completed an online training program in addition to a certification exam.
Q: How do you collect DNA samples?
Buccal Swab is the most commonly used method today. Technology has enabled laboratories to obtain sufficient quantities of DNA from small, non-invasive sources, such as cheek cells. We have experienced excellent success using our cheek swab sample collection methods.
Q: What does AABB Accredited mean?
AABB Accredited Parentage Testing Facilities must perform all sample collections and identity testing using stringent AABB guidelines, which non-accredited laboratories are not required to adhere to.
Q: What is the cost for DNA Paternity Testing?
Paternity Screen Basic paternity screen tests (Alleged Father, Mother, and 1 child) are $369.00. If additional children and/or additional alleged fathers are tested, a fee of $150.00 per person will be added if the samples are submitted at the time the test is initiated. If you would like a kit sent to your home or office, there is a $10 charge for shipping and handling. Kits for parties at multiple locations require a $10 shipping fee for each additional location. The kit includes return packaging and postage for orders within the United States. Kits can be shipped overnight or express for an additional fee. Testing may be initiated with a deposit but any balance must be paid in full prior to the release of results.
Court Admissible Paternity Test Basic court admissible tests (Alleged Father, Mother, and 1 child) are $369.00. If you need additional children and/or additional alleged fathers tested, a fee of $150.00 per person will be added if the samples are submitted at the time the test is initiated. The court admissible test requires that samples be collected following a strict legal chain of custody, therefore fees for shipping to and from a collection site/sites (other than Ontario California) are added.
Testing done at our facility in Ontario California Basic court admissible tests or basic paternity screen tests (Alleged Father, Mother, and 1 child) are $295.00. If you need additional children and/or additional alleged fathers tested, a fee of $150.00 per person will be added if the samples are submitted at the time the test is initiated.
If you have any other questions regarding DNA Testing or would like more information please call us at 1-800-690-4DNA (4362) or fill out the form below to be contacted by one of our knowledgeable and friendly DNA Testing Consultants.
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