Q & A

1. How accurate are the DNA results?


Genetic Analysis performed by our lab produces a “Probability of Paternity” greater than 99.99% for “inclusions” and is absolute for “exclusions” in the determination of paternity and presents likelihood ratios of 1 in trillions for human identification. One sample type is not preferred over another. Mouth swabs, blood, or any nucleated cell will provide the same genetic information with the same degree of accuracy.


2. Is blood more accurate than cheek cells?


No. Cheek cells collected using swabs yield results with the same accuracy as blood samples do. The DNA is the same regardless whether it is extracted from cheek cells or blood.


3. What if the alleged parent is not available?


Paternity can still be established by testing other known family members to reconstruct DNA lineage. Aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings and grandparents can all be used to reconstruct family relationships.


4. How old must the child be?


There are no age limitations. The swab Specimen Collection kit can be use on infants. Expectant mothers can participate in prenatal paternity tests.


5. How soon will I have the results?


For paternity test, we will provide a detailed and comprehensive report within 10 business days after receiving the specimens. Verbal results are available sooner. Expedition (getting results sooner) may be possible for an additional fee.


6. What if two alleged fathers are related?


It is best to test both alleged fathers, especially if they are related. If only one alleged father is available, then you must select extended testing service.


7. Does insurance cover costs of DNA testing?


Insurance plans do not cover or reimburse the cost of DNA/Paternity Testing.


8. Is our information secure?


We do not release information to anyone other than the initiating client, tested individuals, and/or their authorized legal representative.


9. What if infidelity is an issue?


If a client suspects infidelity is an issue, clothing or other items (towel, bed sheet, menstrual pad, etc.) may be submitted for genetic analysis. A mouth swab from the initiating client may be used in order to include or eliminate him/her as contributor to the biological material in question. DNA analysis may be performed on hair with intact root sheathing present.