|Why should I order from DNA Testing Centre?
Please see this link which lists a few of
the many reasons to choose DNA Testing Centre.|
|What is paternity? Paternity refers to the
relationship between a child and his or her biological father.|
|How are the DNA samples collected? Samples are
collected by a non-invasive cheek swab sample also called a buccal swab (the
buccal cells in the cheek area are highly concentrated with DNA).
There is no difference between DNA from cheek
compared to DNA from blood, for the purpose of paternity
testing. Special DNA samples (often
referred as forensic samples) may also be obtained. See
this link for a list of special samples
and their additional processing fees.|
|What is the definition of "Alleged Father"?
To assert to be true; affirm: male who
is asserted to be the biological father of a child. Another
example: "The alleged father was
proven not to be the biological
father of the child upon completion of the DNA test."|
|Why include a sample from the mother?
A child receives half their DNA from their mother, and
the other half from their father. Because the DNA half
that the child receives from the mother will match the
mother's DNA exactly, the lab technicians know that the
remaining unmatched DNA will match that of the biological
father. Without the ability to remove the mother's DNA
from the equation, there is an increased possibility that there will
be a single or double exclusion. In this scenario, the test
rerun with additional testing systems, thus extending the time
needed to achieve conclusive results. However, the
testing can still be performed and accurate results achieved
without a sample from the mother.|
|What if the alleged fathers are related? If the
alleged fathers are related as brothers, father/son, or
uncle/nephew, or if the alleged father is related to the child's
mother, then all related alleged fathers must be tested at
the same time and a sample from the mother should be included. This information must be disclosed at the
time of purchase to reduce the possibility of implicating the
wrong person. If the alleged fathers are identical twins,
there is no way to determine which twin is the father of the child.|
Chain of custody|
Results from self collection DNA tests are normally
not guaranteed admissible in a court
of law due to the lack of the "chain of custody".
The chain of custody refers to the various chain of "hands" that
the individual sample passes through. A legal chain of custody
requires the samples to be collected in the presence of a third
neutral party at a DNA collection clinic (can also be a mobile
collector) where all parties
are documented and photographed to verify their identity. The results of a
self collected (home kit) DNA test my be presented to an Attorney or Judge but it may
not be accepted if the findings are disputed.
If you need a
court admissible test after completing a home test, we will
apply the purchase price of your test to a court admissible
test. Please select this
link for more information.
|Can a paternity test be performed before the baby is
born? Although this is not a preferred method, it
can be done with a sample from the fetus.
Please read this link for ordering
How old does the child have to be for a DNA test? There are
no age requirements for DNA testing. The child
can be as young as one day old but wait at least 1 hour
after the baby is born before swabbing. |
|The alleged father and the child are at
different locations. Can I have the testing kit sent to
more than one location? Yes, we can ship to multiple
locations or schedule appointments in separate areas. Please
see this link to have your
kit mailed to additional locations click
here to schedule your appointment.|
|What assurance do I have that the test will be run
correctly and will be accurate? The testing is performed by
a laboratory whose parentage testing activities are conducted in accordance
with the standards set forth American
Association of Blood Banks (AABB). The
AABB inspects and accredits certain activities conducted by paternity testing laboratories based on the
standards adopted and agreed upon by the AABB. The AABB
obtains and reviews the procedures used by accredited
laboratories and sends an assessor to each member laboratory to
perform an on-site assessment. Please see this
link for more information on the AABB and why they do not
accredited a home DNA test.|
|What is the fee for testing? Please refer to
the order page for the price of each
|How long will my test take? Please refer to the
status page for your test timeline.|
|How soon after I order will I receive my DNA kit?
All orders placed before 3:00pm CST Monday through Friday are
shipped the same day.
|All U.S. 48 contiguous state orders are shipped by 2nd day
Courier or Priority Mail.|
|Alaska and Hawaii orders, and P.O. Box orders are shipped
by USPS Priority Mail.|
|International orders are shipped by Global Priority (3-7
|FedEx same day shipping is available until 4:45 CST
|How do I return the samples to the lab? All
kits include prepaid mailers to return the samples for
|Domestic kits include a prepaid priority mail or
overnight return depending on the test ordered.|
|For international orders, the method of returning samples is
dependent upon the customer. We recommend using a
swift and traceable
|What if I have unanswered questions?
Many additional questions are answered at the Services &
Prices link and other information
links. Select the links at the left side of the
page, and then select the specific area of interest i.e.
maternity, sibling, infidelity. If you still have
questions, please call us toll free at (888) 875-7574.|
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