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General

What is a DNA Paternity Test?
A paternity test is a scientific test which compares the DNA of a child and alleged father to determine whether the man is or is not the biological father of a child.

Do I have to have a doctor’s order?
A doctor’s order is not required however you will be tax exempt with a doctor's referral.

Do I need to have a lawyer or court order?
If all parties involved in the testing agree to participate voluntarily, neither a lawyer nor court order is required.

Can testing take place without the mother?
It is possible to conduct a DNA paternity test without a sample from the child’s biological mother however it is preferred that the mother also provides a specimen.

Can age or drug consumption affect the results?
No, age and drug consumption do not affect the results.

What if there are two alleged fathers who are related?
If a child has two possible fathers who are related, it is preferable to test both possible fathers. If this is not possible, it is important to alert the laboratory that there are other possible fathers who are related to the tested alleged father.

How is my personal information protected?
Your privacy and security are important to us. All samples received at our facility are examined for tampering and if there is a problem, we will request that the samples are collected again. Entry into our DNA testing facility is by restricted access only. All computer systems are secured. Results are sent to authorized individuals only and cases are only discussed with those who are authorized to do so. For the protection of the tested parties, results are not usually released over the phone except in unusual circumstances. All samples and DNA profiles are retained for a period of time, as required by accreditation guidelines but are destroyed after the requisite storage periods.

Can my DNA be used to test for a pre-existing condition that could prevent me from receiving health care insurance?
The DNA markers which are tested for relationship testing do not provide any information on any specific physical or medical condition that might affect your health care insurance.

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