Paternity is a sensitive subject, as you know. One question we hear quite often: Can I identify the father without his knowing that I’m having a test done? Or, conversely, a father asks the question: How can I determine whether this child is my blood offspring, without alerting other people to my doubts?
There may be any number of reasons not to notify the principals that a DNA test is being conducted. Perhaps the person with the burning question would like to know the answer before sharing the news. Or maybe the alleged father refuses to cooperate but the mother needs to know.
Rest assured: It is possible to establish (or rule out) a biological relationship, using materials discreetly obtained from the parent and child or by submitting a tissue sample from grandparents or other close relatives. As a certified DNA Testing company, we conduct many discreet laboratory analyses and the results are highly confidential. We hold your privacy in high esteem.
Only a DNA Testing Will Provide the Answer
DNA testing is easier and most accurate if one of the parents provides a sample. This sample would then be compared with the DNA of the child. If a parent is not available (deceased, missing, or uncooperative), a grandparent’s DNA sample can be used. An analysis of the paternal grandparents would provide information about paternity. An analysis of the maternal grandparents can be used to determine the mother’s identity.
If the grandparents are not available, a test can be conducted using DNA samples from a sibling, aunt or uncle.
In any case, the best results are obtained with a sample such as blood (from a bandage, tissues or sanitary napkins, for instance). Nail clippings (without nail polish) are another good source of DNA. Hair (with the root intact) or used dental floss may contain DNA. Less valuable sources include toothbrushes, razors, used chewing gum or a teething ring (with dried saliva) from the baby.
After the sample is obtained, it should be handled and packaged with care. Different samples call for different methods of handling. A phone conversation with our staff will answer your questions and give you the information you need. Test results will be available in less than a week, in most cases.
We offer two levels of testing. One is called peace-of-mind analysis. This is for your own knowledge and is not acceptable for government agencies or for court cases. The other level involves an AABB (American Association of Blood Banks) laboratory. This method is strictly controlled and provides legal, non-controversial proof of a blood relationship.
Our DNA test is 99% accurate in the case of a positive relationship, and 100% accurate if there is no biological link.
The DNA sample can be obtained surreptiously and delivered to our office. We don’t guarantee that the sample you submit will contain DNA but if there is enough material, the test will clearly establish a relationship between two individuals. Call our office to request a kit or learn more about the process— or purchase a kit online.
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