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Who must be tested to establish paternity?
For routine cases using buccal swab testing, the child and alleged father must be tested. For non-routine cases, sample collection may include:
What is the cost of a paternity test?
Advanced Testing Center provides lower than average cost for Legal Paternity testing. $299. SAME TESTING AS OUR COMPETITORS AT LOWER COST. SAME QUALITY.
Where do I go for specimen collection?
Advanced Testing Center will arrange testing at a convenient local specimen collection. Upon receipt of the necessary information, Advanced Testing Center will identify the specimen collection labs closest to the persons being tested, schedule appointments for specimen collection, and notify those persons of the dates, times, and locations of their tests via telephone or fax.
What forms of payment are accepted?
Advanced TestingCenter accepts cashiers checks, money orders, or attorneys trust account checks payable to AdvancedTestingCenter. VISA, MasterCard, Discover and Paypal accounts are also accepted. Personal checks or checks written on credit card accounts are not accepted. Advanced TestingCenter does not bill insurance companies for paternity testing.
Common Questions About Paternity Testing
How is a paternity test scheduled?
Please call 800-809-9252 to begin the process of scheduling a paternity test or ORDER HERE.
Are genetic tests valid when performed on a child younger than 6 months of age?
In compliance with American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) testing standards, LabCorp does not test children younger than 6 months of age for the serum proteins Gm and Km. Some tests can be accurately performed on children younger than 6 months of age, including red cell antigens, leukocyte antigens (HLA), and DNA.
Are specimens other than blood acceptable for a child younger than 6 months of age?
Buccal swabs allow for rapid and reliable DNA testing regardless of age.
Is there a 6 months of age requirement for infants?
No. This was previously a common policy in paternity testing because of the difficulty of drawing blood from small infants and due to the AABB requirement stated above. Buccal swab specimen collection, in which cells are obtained from the inside of the mouth (the inner cheek), has eliminated the need to draw blood.
How does a buccal swab sample differ from a blood sample?
For purposes of identity testing, there is no difference in the DNA obtained from buccal swabs and blood.
When a buccal swab specimen is collected, do you collect saliva for paternity testing?
Although some saliva is contained on the swabs, the technician is actually collecting cells from the inside of the mouth.
Are buccal swabs contaminated since they are collected from the mouth?
No. DNA testing is not affected by the DNA of bacteria or by common foods, tobacco, or toothpaste.
What steps are taken to prevent a mismatch of samples?
Good laboratory practices that incorporate exclusion confirmation and duplicate testing of independent specimen preparations help prevent and detect mismatched specimens. Buccal swab collection is performed using different colored swabs for the mother, child, and alleged father to minimize specimen mishandling.
How many test systems (loci) should be run?
The multiple genetic systems selected for routine testing at LabCorp usually exclude 99.99% of falsely accused men from paternity. LabCorp has an extensive battery of genetic tests available if the 13 core DNA tests do not provide a definitive result.
Are any other tests, such as HIV/AIDS, conducted at the same time genetic testing is performed?
No other tests are performed when genetic testing is performed.
Can paternity evaluation be performed without testing the mother?
Paternity testing can be performed if the mother is not available, although additional laboratory processing is necessary. The mother’s parents may also be tested to improve the statistical evaluation or confirm maternity.
Will testing show if the mother is excluded from maternity?
Although rare, confirmed cases of non-maternity have been found through routine paternity testing.
If specimens are collected for one case, but the results are needed in another case, can the findings be used in both cases?
Can reliable testing be performed when the parties’ specimens are drawn at different times?
Specimens for paternity testing do not need to be obtained at the same time. LabCorp securely stores specimens until all specimens needed for case resolution are received.
Can specimen types be different within a case, such as a buccal swab from the child and blood from the adults?
DNA testing can use different sources, because DNA markers are the same throughout a person’s nucleated cells (with exceptions for people who have undergone bone marrow transplantation). Buccal swabs should be used for any person who has had a bone marrow transplant.
How long are buccal specimens valid for future testing?
LabCorp has had excellent results in testing buccal swabs that were more than 2 years old. Based on the success of testing dried blood stains, we anticipate that dried buccal specimens will offer many years of stability. We currently retain paternity samples a minimum of 7 years. Some contractual requirements run longer (10 years).
If the mother and alleged father are related, will the testing be affected?
No. When the mother and alleged father are related, the testing is still valid.
If two alleged fathers are related (brother-brother, father-son, or nephew-uncle), is the testing valid?
The laboratory must be informed of the circumstances, because it is possible for the men to have similar genetic markers even when DNA analysis is performed. Extended testing may need to be performed until one man is excluded. Related alleged fathers should be tested at the same time until one is excluded.
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