DNA Aunt/Uncle Test
- Results in 3 to 5 Days
- Easy to use Mouth Swabs
- All Lab Fees Included
Overview – DNA Aunt / DNA Uncle TestThe 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 / 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 DNA Aunt / Uncle Test vs. Legal DNA Aunt / Uncle TestPRIVATE 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 a Private DNA Test as accurate as a Legal DNA 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.