Frequently Asked Questions
FAQs on DNA Testing & DNA Testing Kits
- Can the test be performed without the mother?
- Is blood collection required?
- How are samples collected?
- The mother, child, and alleged father live in different cities. Can I order a DNA paternity test if the different parties to be tested are not together?
- Can I order a DNA paternity test kit if I live outside of North America?
- How old does the child have to be?
- What is the difference between a DNA paternity test which guarantees 99% for paternity inclusions / 100% for paternity exclusions, and a paternity test which guarantees 99.9% for paternity inclusions / 100% for paternity exclusions?
- How long does it take for results?
- Is the kit easy to use?
- What is the difference between the legal and the private test?
- Can the results from the Home DNA Test be used in court?
- What other types of samples can be tested, other than buccal cells?
- Do you charge for telephone consultation?
- How long can I keep the kit before using it?
- How long can I store the samples after collection before shipping it back?
- What if I have more questions?
A. Yes. In many situations, the mother does not want to be tested or is not available for testing. In such situations, the test can be completed by testing only the child and the alleged father. There is no difference in the accuracy of the test if the mother is not tested.
A. No. Using the latest technology, a buccal cell sample taken from the mouth is now the newest and recommended method for sample collection. A buccal cell sample can be collected quickly, painlessly and discreetly using the SwabTest Private Testing Kit. A person's DNA is the same in every cell of the body, regardless of whether it is a blood cell or buccal cell. The results obtained from buccal cells are 100% accurate and buccal cell collection is the method of choice for both private and legal cases.
A. The SwabTest DNA paternity test is fast, simple, and painless. DNA is collected using special swabs called "buccal swabs." The buccal swabs are rubbed gently on the inner cheek inside the mouth to collect DNA. Buccal swabs are painless and can be used to collect samples from individuals at any age.
A. Yes, a DNA paternity test can be easily conducted even if the different parties to be tested are in different cities or even in different countries. Each DNA paternity testing kit is assigned a unique identification number. If the different parties live in different cities or different countries, DNA paternity testing kits with the unique case number will be sent directly to each party. After collection, each individual can separately send the specimens directly to the DNA laboratory. The DNA specimens will be correctly matched at the DNA laboratory for each case using the unique case number. A "split kit" for two different addresses can be ordered by phone or online. When ordering online, simply state that you require a "split kit" in the comments box of the order form and enter the additional name and address in the comments box.
A. Yes, the Genex DNA Sample Collection Kit can be sent to any country worldwide.
A. The SwabTest DNA Paternity testing kit can be used for patients at any age. Even newborns could be tested quickly and painlessly using the SwabTest DNA paternity testing kit. DNA testing can even be performed before the child is born. Click here for prenatal testing instructions.
Q. What is the difference between a DNA paternity test which guarantees 99% for paternity inclusions / 100% for paternity exclusions, and a paternity test which guarantees 99.9% for paternity inclusions / 100% for paternity exclusions?
A. Paternity tests which guarantee 99.9% for paternity inclusions are at least 10 times more powerful than paternity tests which guarantee only 99%. Paternity tests which guarantee 99.9% are considered premium paternity tests and are 1000 times more powerful than those which offer 99%. SwabTest guarantees 99.9% or greater for inclusions and 100% for exclusions.
A. Our laboratory begins testing right away when we receive the samples. The test is completed in 3 to 5 business days and results are available immediately.
A. Yes. The collection kit comes complete with all of the necessary materials and instructions for safe and painless buccal cell collection. The collection should take less than 5 minutes per person and is completely safe and painless.
A. There is no difference in the testing technique or the accuracy between the legal and private test. The only difference is that with the legal test, you will need to attend an appointment so that we can identify you and collect your fingerprints and photographs (click here for legal testing instructions). With the discreet private test, you do not need to provide photographs and fingerprints. Using the Genex DNA Collection kit, you can collect the samples anywhere, anytime.
A. If you will be using the results in court, you will have to attend an appointment at one of our facilities for chain-of-custody specimen collection (for witnessing and proper identification procedures). The samples for the home test are collected discretely by the patients in the privacy of their own home. Because the collection is not witnessed by our staff and the patients are not properly identified by our staff, the results are for personal knowledge only.
A. If a buccal cell sample cannot be taken because the individual is unavailable, DNA testing can be performed on a wide range of forensic samples. Examples of samples which can be tested include: dried blood stains, saliva stains, hair, bone, licked stamps, razor shavings, etc. Click here for forensic testing instructions.
A. No, there is no charge for telephone consultations. You are welcome to contact our laboratory at any time by phone at 1-888-262-2263 or E-mail for scientific or technical advice or to obtain test results.
A. Once you receive the testing kit, it can be stored unused safely at room temperature for up to 5 years.
A. We recommend that you send the samples back to our laboratory for testing as soon as possible after sample collection. However, the samples are stable at room temperature for up to three months after sample collection and you may send the samples back anytime within three months of sample collection.