As paternity testing becomes more prevalent in our society, many people are curious about how it works. In this blog post, we will address some of the most frequently asked questions about paternity testing.
What is paternity testing?
Paternity testing is a scientific process that uses DNA analysis to determine whether a child and an alleged father share a biological relationship. This process involves comparing the DNA of both the child and the alleged father.
How is paternity testing done?
The most common method of collecting DNA for paternity testing is by taking a cheek swab. A small cotton swab is rubbed inside the cheek to collect cells that contain DNA. The samples are then sent to a laboratory for analysis, where the DNA of both parties is compared to determine if there is a biological relationship.
How accurate is paternity testing?
Paternity testing is highly accurate when performed by a reputable laboratory. The accuracy of the test depends on the number and quality of DNA markers tested. Most paternity tests use 16 markers, which can provide a probability of paternity of 99.99% or higher.
What if the alleged father is not available for testing?
If the alleged father is unavailable for testing, other relatives such as grandparents, siblings, or aunts/uncles may be tested to determine paternity indirectly. However, indirect testing is not as accurate as direct testing with the alleged father's DNA sample.
Is paternity testing invasive?
No, paternity testing is not invasive. The most common method of collecting DNA samples is through a cheek swab, which is painless and non-invasive.
When should I get a paternity test?
There are many reasons why someone may want to get a paternity test. Some common reasons include resolving legal issues related to child support or custody, confirming a biological relationship for immigration purposes, identifying biological family members for medical reasons, or resolving personal doubts about paternity.
How long does it take to get results?
ARCpoint Labs of Woburn provides a reliable and quick testing process that is efficient, yielding results typically within a short span of 2-3 business days.
How do I choose a reputable laboratory for paternity testing?
When choosing a laboratory for paternity testing, it's essential to look for accreditation from reputable organizations such as the AABB (American Association of Blood Banks) or ISO (International Organization for Standardization). Additionally, consider the laboratory's turnaround time, cost, and customer service to ensure the best decision for your needs.
If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact our office and we will be happy to assist you. If you are interested in our DNA testing services, click HERE to schedule your appointment today at ARCpoint Labs of Southborough-Framingham!
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