DNA testing can be helpful when finding lost or unknown relatives. Kinship DNA testing includes grandparentage, siblingship, paternal and maternal lineage, and genetic reconstruction. These relationships can be important to establish, especially in situations involving inheritance claims or guardianship.
Grandparentage DNA testing can be done for multiple reasons. It can help grandparents find their grandchildren, as well as prove paternity when the alleged father is not available for testing. For cases in which proof of paternity is the main purpose, both grandparents of the child from the alleged father’s side will be tested in order to determine the likelihood of paternity indirectly.
Siblingship DNA tests can be done to determine if two children share one or both parents. This type of DNA test is an indirect way to assess family relationships when an alleged father is not available for a paternity test. During a siblingship test, the siblings’ DNA profiles are compared to determine how much of their DNA could have come from a common father.
Paternal and maternal lineage DNA tests are done to determine family relationships. Paternal lineage determines if two or more individuals are related through paternal lines, while maternal lineage determines if two or more individuals are related through maternal lines. These tests can be necessary for situations in which proof of family relationships is required. Maternal lineage DNA tests can be done on both males and females to determine if they share a maternal relationship, such as a mother, grandmother, aunt, etc.
Genetic reconstruction is a series of DNA tests to determine whether or not a child is related to the alleged father’s close relatives. The child’s DNA profile is compared with the DNA profiles of at least two of the alleged father’s close relatives. Close relatives include full siblings and biological parents and will share a significant portion of their DNA due to genetics. This type of DNA test provides indirect evidence of paternity.
Kinship DNA testing can connect families, help adopted children find biological family members, or even help siblings find each other. It’s an easy process that can change the rest of your life. There’s no reason to wait, so get started today! To schedule an appointment or learn more about Kinship DNA testing call 781.460.6020 or visit https://www.ARCpointLabs.com/Woburn.