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Can a DNA Paternity Test be performed before the child is born?

Yes, there is a blood test by drawing 4 tubes of blood from the mother and getting the alleged fathers swab and mothers swab. This test can be done when the mother is approximately 8 weeks pregnant. Results within 5-7 business days.

Can different biological specimens such as a buccal swab from a child and a blood sample from an adult be used for the same DNA Paternity Test?

YES. Because DNA is the same in every cell in your body, analysis performed on cheek cells is the same as analysis performed on blood cells.

Can DNA Parentage be determined when the alleged father is deceased?

YES. There are several options. Blood or buccal samples collected at the time of death can be used, tissue specimens from previous surgeries or an autopsy may be used, his parents can be tested to determine if they are grandparents, or the body can be exhumed and a tissue sample taken for DNA Testing.

Can I change my DNA by drinking alcohol or taking drugs?

NO. DNA patterns are not altered by such things as drinking, eating, medication, or age. However, individuals who have had a bone marrow transplant should provide a buccal (cheek) sample instead of blood, since the transplant introduces donor DNA into the blood.

Can the alleged father’s DNA Test Results be used in another Paternity Case?

YES. But ONLY if the alleged father agrees to it or there is a court order.

Can the DNA Paternity Test be performed without the mother?

YES. You can obtain Accurate DNA Paternity Results by just doing the alleged father and child. It is always recommended to include the mother in the DNA Paternity Test, if she is available.

Do I need a doctor’s or attorney’s order to have the DNA Paternity Test performed?

NO, unless you live in New York. While many cases do involve doctors and attorney’s, you are not required to have an order. You can order DNA Paternity Testing yourself. New York State law, requires a licensed physician’s prescription or a court order for all DNA Paternity Testing. Clinical laboratories cannot perform DNA analysis of samples without the original prescription or court order.

Does the DNA Paternity Test have to be paid all at once?

No. We have payment plans available.

How are the DNA samples collected?

A sterile swab, very similar to a Q-tip, is rubbed on the inside of the cheek from the mother, child and the alleged father.

How long does it take to get my DNA Paternity Test Results?

DNA Paternity Test Results will be available in approximately 2-3 business days. For those needing faster service, Express DNA Testing is also available.

How old must a child be to perform DNA Paternity Testing?

There are no age restrictions. DNA Paternity testing can be performed on individuals of any age. Newborns can be tested within hours of birth.

Is a blood sample required?

NO. DNA Testing can be performed using a buccal (cheek) swab.It is completely non-invasive, painless and convenient.

Is the cheek/buccal swab accurate?

YES. DNA is the same in every cell in your body. Analysis performed on cheek cells is just as accurate as analysis performed on blood.

Is the Lab an AABB Accredited Lab for Immigration DNA Testing?

YES, the lab is on the Vendor list of accredited labs.

What if the mother and alleged father are related?

It does not matter, the DNA Results are still valid. What if the two alleged fathers are related (i.e brothers, father-son)? It is possible for both individuals to have the same or similar genetics markers, therefore the laboratory should be informed of these circumstances, as extended DNA Testing may have to be performed.

What if the mother, child and alleged father(s) live in different cities/states?

We can accommodate each participant of the same DNA Paternity Test with separate appointment times (for legal tests) and or locations across the U.S. Simply let our representative know upon scheduling the Zip Code for each collection and we will make proper arrangements.

What is the difference between a private DNA Paternity Test and a Legal DNA Paternity Test?

The primary difference between the two types of tests is the sample collection method. Private DNA Paternity Test Samples can be collected in the privacy of your own home, without any witnesses and are not accredited by AABB at any laboratory.
Legal DNA Paternity Test Samples are collected at an approved collection site, where your identification will be verified, a photograph will be taken and your sample collection will be witnessed. The purpose of these stringent procedures is to ensure that the participants are who they say they are. Are Accurate DNA’s Lab Results admissible in court? YES. As long as you choose the DNA Paternity Test LEGAL.

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