DNA Maternity Testing
The DNA Maternity testing kit helps determines the true biological mother of a child. Test results are guaranteed to be over 99.9% accurate for maternity inclusions and 100% accurate for maternity exclusions.
- Accuracy Guaranteed
- Results in 3 to 5 Days
- Easy to use Mouth Swabs
DNA Maternity Testing helps determine the true biological mother of a child. Test results are guaranteed to be over 99.9% accurate for maternity inclusions, and 100% accurate for maternity exclusions (not the mother).
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 Maternity Test.
How Does DNA Maternity Testing Work?
The DNA maternity testing kit contains four easy-to-use mouth swabs designed to painlessly collect a DNA sample from the alleged mother and child for analysis. Testing of the father is optional if it is known that he is the biological father of the child.
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 pattern of a child is compared to that of the alleged mother. Because both biological parents pass on their genetic information to the child, comparing samples of DNA patterns from the child and the alleged mother will conclusively determine whether the alleged mother is the true biological mother.
Private Home DNA Maternity Test vs. Legal DNA Maternity Test
PRIVATE HOME DNA MATERNITY TEST
If the maternity test results are not needed in court, the Private DNA Maternity Test kit is suitable for those individuals who wish to find out the truth about maternity 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 DNA maternity testing kit will be sent over so that collection of the samples may be performed in private. The sample collection takes just minutes to complete and is quick, easy, and discreet.
LEGAL DNA MATERNITY TEST
The Legally Admissible DNA Maternity Test is intended for court use and is accepted as legal proof of maternity or non-maternity 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 Home DNA Maternity Test as Accurate as Legal DNA Maternity 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 Maternity 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 write the following into the comments box of the online order form when ordering: “Please split kit. Please send mother’s portion of the kit to: (mother’s name and address), and please send the child’s portion of the kit to: (child’s name and address).” 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 Maternity Test be Used in Court?
There is no difference in the accuracy between the private knowledge DNA Maternity Test and the Legal DNA Maternity 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 Maternity Test Take?
The turnaround time for DNA maternity testing is 3 to 5 business days from the date samples are received by our laboratory. The results of the maternity test are provided immediately upon completion.