DNA Aunt or Uncle Testing
DNA Aunt or Uncle Testing helps to determine the biological relationship between an aunt/uncle and a niece/nephew. This test is recommended when the alleged father or the alleged mother is not available for testing.
- Accuracy Guaranteed
- Results in 3 to 5 Days
- Easy to use Mouth Swabs
Overview – DNA Aunt or Uncle Testing
The DNA Aunt or Uncle Test is generally used under circumstances where the alleged father or the alleged mother is not available for testing. It is not as powerful as the paternity or maternity test in regards to providing absolute conclusive results. However, in situations where the alleged mother or the alleged father are missing or deceased, then the aunt or uncle test is the next best option for investigating the relationship of an alleged aunt or an alleged uncle with that of a niece or nephew.
A DNA sample is collected in the privacy of your own home using buccal swabs (mouth swabs) and sent to our laboratory for testing. The typical turnaround time for testing is 3 to 5 business days.
When testing is complete, you will receive a full laboratory report certifying the results of your DNA Aunt or Uncle Test.
How Does the DNA Aunt or Uncle Test Work?
The DNA Aunt or Uncle testing kit contains four easy-to-use mouth swabs designed to painlessly collect a DNA sample from each participant for analysis. The mouth swab collected contains cells in which most of them contain a full set of genetic information in the form of DNA, short for deoxyribonucleic acid. An individual’s DNA acts as a “genetic blueprint”, and like a fingerprint, is unique between each person. Once the sample has reached the laboratory, the DNA is extracted from the cells and undergoes a process called PCR (polymerase chain reaction), which amplifies specific regions of the DNA. These amplified regions are carefully examined for a DNA pattern. The DNA patterns of the alleged aunt/uncle are then compared with the DNA pattern of the nephew/niece. Based on the comparison performed, a statistical analysis is generated based on the match type typically expected for true aunt/uncle and niece/nephew pairs. A “kinship index” is obtained in this analysis.
INTERPRETING YOUR RESULTS
True biologically related aunt/uncle and nephew/niece pairs are typically expected to have a kinship index value that is greater than 1.0 in their DNA aunt/uncle test report. Individuals who are not biologically related are expected to have a kinship index value that is less than 1.0.
The greater the kinship index value over 1.0, the higher the likelihood that the two individuals are related. Likewise, the lower the kinship index value is below 1.0, the lesser the likelihood that the two individuals are related.
Private Home DNA Aunt or Uncle Test vs. Legal DNA Aunt or Uncle Test
PRIVATE HOME DNA AUNT OR UNCLE TEST
If the DNA Aunt or Uncle test results are not needed in court, the private home test kit option is suitable for those individuals who wish to find out the truth about an aunt/uncle and niece/nephew relationship before deciding on the next step. This will provide the same conclusive results as the legal test. If a private test is chosen, a home kit will be sent over so that collection of the samples may be performed private. The sample collection takes just minutes to complete and is quick, easy, and discreet.
LEGAL DNA AUNT OR UNCLE TEST
The Legally Admissible DNA Aunt or Uncle test is intended for court use and is accepted as legal proof in courts throughout North America. Provided that the legal test option is chosen, a chain-of-custody sample collection process will be used during the collection by an unbiased third party individual (such as a doctor or a lawyer) in order to ensure proper identification, witnessing and fingerprinting of the parties involved.
Is the Private Home DNA Aunt or Uncle Test as Accurate as Legal DNA Aunt or Uncle Test?
Both the private and the legal test provide the same conclusive results. The only difference between the two are whether the sample collection is performed and witnessed by an unbiased individual, and whether it follows a chain-of-custody.
Can the DNA Aunt or Uncle Testing Kit be Shipped to More than One Address if the Parties Live in Different Cities?
Yes. If the individuals to be tested live in different cities, or even different countries, the kit can be split and have each component sent to a different address. Since the kits are individually barcode labeled, they will be tested together once the samples arrive back at the laboratory. To order a split kit, please indicate which name and address to send each component. Alternatively, the entire kit can be sent to one address in which an individual of the party splits the kit and sends the other portion of the components to the other parties involved in the test.
Can the Results of the Private DNA Aunt or Uncle Test be Used in Court?
There is no difference in the accuracy between the private knowledge DNA Aunt or Uncle Test and the Legal DNA Aunt or Uncle Test. However, for results to be used as legal evidence in court, proper steps must be taken during sample collection. A chain-of-custody must be performed in order to ensure witnessing and verification. The “court admissible” version of the private kit contains all documents required for third party witnessing – such as from a doctor or a lawyer – and the results can be used in court. If the results are to be used in court, the court admissible private kit, or the legal test should be chosen.
How Long Does the DNA Aunt or Uncle Test Take?
The turnaround time for DNA Aunt or Uncle Testing is 3 to 5 business days from the date samples are received by our laboratory. The results of the Aunt or Uncle test are provided immediately upon completion.