The cuckoo bird lays eggs that look like other species’ and then takes over— even throwing the homeowner’s eggs over the side of the nest!
Some humans are the equivalent of cuckoo birds, tricking others into unknowingly raising their offspring. For much of history, the innocent man could only lie awake and wonder. Now there is a way to put all doubts to rest. It’s called DNA testing.
The alleged father can have a DNA ‘peace of mind’ test which will not be accepted in a court of law. However, it is solid, scientifically grounded proof and you can get results in as little as three days.
The more stringent test, which is conducted by an AABB (American Association of Blood Banks) laboratory, is proof of paternity for any legal or governmental case. This type of test is necessary for child support (either obtaining or refusing to pay); military benefits, inheritance or tax questions, social security or custody battles. For an AABB analysis, everything from the collection of DNA samples to identifying the involved parties to handling the results must follow a strict protocol.
There are situations when a DNA test is needed just to satisfy a person’s own interest. In more formal situations, only an AABB test will suffice.
Paternity No Longer a Mystery with DNA Test
The world is buzzing with stories of fathers who learned after the fact that they were raising the cuckoo’s chicks, figuratively speaking. There was a time when it was difficult if not impossible to know for sure. Time-honored methods— ‘he doesn’t look like me’— left a great deal of doubt.
DNA testing puts all doubts to rest. Genetic evidence is 99%-plus accurate in showing a biological relationship, and 100% accurate in showing when there is no relationship. For ‘peace of mind’ purposes, the investment in testing will be returned many times over, over a lifetime.
We Make it Easy to Obtain this Kind of Comfort and Reassurance.
Once you pick up the kit (and instructions) from one of our offices, you can do the rest at home. You need to call ahead to arrange a pick-up. Be prepared with the names of the parties to be tested, an address and phone number where you can be reached with resuls, and a password or security code. The kit can be purchased with a $50 deposit (to be paid in advance).
After you collect the samples (a hair with the root attached, a swab of saliva from inside the cheek, fingernail, cigarette butts or chewing gum), you may drop off the samples at our office or mail them directly to the laboratory in our pre-paid express envelope. When you visit the office to pick up the kit, you will have the chance to ask questions about the collection procedure or receipt of results.
We now have the ability to spot the cuckoo’s egg before the baby is even born! (Seriously. Ask about prenatal testing.) Human babies are family for a long, long time. We make it easy to know the truth.
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