In the 17th century, the best way to determine paternity was with a good hard look at the child, followed by a good hard look at the father. Enough of the coincidences and perhaps a relationship could be proposed. A hundred years later, it was discovered that the color of the eyes was a paternity identifier. This theory has had its defects exposed due to recent advances in DNA. Now we know that the color of the eyes is determined by at least six alleles, or genetic markers. Paternity testing has become much easier and more affordable in recent years due to advances in DNA science. Although some 200,000 DNA tests are conducted each year by states that need to resolve child support and welfare problems, few people are willing to conduct their own tests of paternity in the home because they do not realize the simplicity and appropriateness of a paternity test in the home. How does a DNA test work at home? Paternity tests require a painless sample of both the child and the prospective father. Even without a mother sample, DNA paternity testing results are up to 99.9999% accurate, or one in a million chances of incorrect results. Most companies provide a free home kit for you to provide samples and require you to send the kit back to the lab with the accompanying fee. Since many companies are aware of the inconvenience of extracting blood from a child to obtain a sample, oral swabs (oral swabs) are being accepted as an alternative. When gently massaging the inside of the child’s mouth, cheek cells are collected. These cells are sent to the lab for testing. Laboratories analyze up to sixteen genetic markers of the child and compare them with the markers of the supposed parent. Since each of us receives half of our genetic markers from each parent, the results of the DNA paternity tests are still accurate without the mother’s DNA information. Most laboratories will have results in 10 days and will charge about $290 for a basic paternity verification test.
What else can a DNA test do?
DNA kits can also be used to analyze brotherhood, establish cousin or grandparent relationships, determine twinning (that is, if twins are fraternal or identical), identify ancestral origin, verify decent Native American, ensure parents who left the hospital with the right baby, and most importantly, provide legal evidence – be prepared to pay a little more for legal evidence. Legal evidence can be used to resolve adoption problems, resolve child support disputes, and provide information for immigration files. How to choose a DNA lab Accreditation is a vital part of choosing a laboratory. Accredited laboratories have an annual audit and inspection, undergo internal and external reviews and qualify their equipment to be required. Look for an ISO and/or AABB certification. Accredited laboratories will have a good reputation and almost 100% record in court cases. Look for hidden rates. Some companies will charge you for the kit and then charge you again for the results. Also, check twice when you order your kit that you’re only buying the results you need. Ask for privacy. Make sure your identity and intentions remain secure. Enjoy a piece of mind Be confident that the questions you have can be answered. DNA tests are safe and stress-free. Find a free kit and information pack and you’re on your way to getting the piece of mind you deserve.