Who needs to be tested?

The mother, the child, and the alleged father should be tested. We can accurately test without the mother’s sample, but this requires additional analysis which may take a few days longer to complete.

What kind of sample does DNA Findings need?

DNA Findings uses a cheek swab sample since it is easy to obtain, completely non-invasive, painless, and just as accurate as blood samples.

How accurate are the tests at DNA Findings?

If the DNA of alleged father and child match, the probability that he is the biological father is typically over 99.999%. If there are mismatches between the DNA of the alleged father and child, he is 100% excluded from being the biological father.

What if the parties live in different states?

DNA Findings will arrange to have all parties' samples collected near where they live. All of the samples will be coordinated as one case when they arrive at our laboratory.

How should I pay for my tests?

You may pay with a cashier’s check, money order, VISA and MasterCard

What should I bring to a collection appointment?

Adults must present a government issued photo ID (i.e. a passport or driver's license), a social security number, a photo of the child to be collected, and the sample collection fee. CALL 713-868-1438 TO SET UP AN APPOINTMENT IN YOUR AREA.

How does the testing work?

A child inherits DNA from the mother’s egg (23 chromosomes) and the father’s sperm (also 23 chromosomes). Each parent contributes one half of the child’s DNA. Each of us has 23 pairs of chromosomes. For each location, (“locus”, plural “loci”) in a chromosome pair, there is a specific DNA sequence. A DNA parentage test works by identifying the specific DNA sequences for multiple loci in the mother, child and alleged father. If the mother and alleged father are the parents of the child, the two DNA sequences at each locus in the child’s chromosome must have been inherited from each parent. By determining these DNA sequences, paternity or other familial relationships can be established.

What if I need to test more than one father?

You can test additional parties, charges apply. Feel free to contact us at sales@dnafindings.com

How accurate is the paternity test?

DNA testing is the most accurate method for establishing paternity. Its power lies in the ability to trace the pattern of inheritance for separate regions of the chromosomes. From this information a probability of paternity is established. This number can reach 99.99999% in some cases. The percentage of random men of the same race that can be excluded as the biological father is also computed for each test.

How will results be displayed?

The test results will be mailed to you or, a designee, per the Authorization form that you fill out when registering your kit.

Are the results confidential?

Your results are held in the strictest confidence and released only to tested parties. You may designate a third party to receive results. You will need to fill out the Authorization forms completely to ascertain proper results delivery.

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 let the lab know that there are other possible fathers who are related to the tested alleged father.

Can my DNA be used to test for potential medical conditions?

The DNA markers that are tested for relationship testing do not provide any information on any specific physical or mental condition. If you are interested in this type of information, please visit our genetic testing site www.dnatraits.com

Can my DNA be used for ancestral research?

We do not test ancestry with the parentage test. If you are interested in ancestry testing, please visit our genealogy site www.familytreedna.com