If you’re purchasing a paternity test, you’ve no doubt thought a bit about it beforehand. You’ve probably looked into what the process entails, compared prices from various companies and thought about the implications of knowing paternity and how that will change or impact the lives of the people involved in the test.
Legal Paternity Test or Personal Paternity Test?
One other item you may have considered is whether you will need a court-admissible legal paternity test or not. At IDENTIGENE, there is no difference in the way we test samples between a personal home paternity test and a court-admissible legal paternity test. Once you decide on what test you’ll need, follow the directions below if you’re wanting a personal home paternity test or click click here if you want to find out more about our court-admissible option.
A lot of work goes into the DNA paternity testing process from the laboratory side of things, but lucky for you, the process for our customers is a cinch. Below are the basics of how the IDENTIGENE process works from start to finish as well as a few tips that may help you out along the way.
What You Do
1. Purchase the IDENTIGENE Paternity Test Kit
First, you’ll need to purchase the IDENTIGENE Paternity Test Kit. You can do this by calling IDENTIGENE, purchasing a kit on our website, or by picking up a kit at select retailers. The kit will cost you about $25, depending on the store you purchase it from. We are located in CVS, Rite Aid and Walmart, nationwide and many independent pharmacies. To find a retailer near you that sells IDENTIGENE Paternity Test Kits, click click here.
2. Collect your DNA samples
Next, you’ll follow the directions of the paternity test kit to collect DNA samples. Fill out a sample envelope for each participant and be sure to fill out the order form. Collect samples from each participant by gently rubbing special buccal swabs included in the kit on the inside of the cheek for 30 seconds to collect cells. Place sample swabs in the corresponding sample envelopes. If the sample envelopes become damp, let them air-dry before putting them in the mailing envelope.
3. Mail paternity testing samples and order form to IDENTIGENE
Lastly, you’ll mail the samples and order form to IDENTIGENE in the pre-addressed, pre-paid envelope included in the kit. It is important to remember that this method of sending samples can take anywhere from 7-10 days to arrive to our lab. If you need your sample to arrive earlier, consider another mailing option such as 1st class USPS or FedEx. Once samples arrive, testing takes two (2) business days. We also have 1-day and same-day results available for an extra fee. If you have questions, please contact us!
Now that you’ve done your part, IDENTIGENE will step in and do the rest. Check out the brief overview of what happens to your samples when they arrive to IDENTIGENE.
What We Do
1. Paternity Test Accessioning
Your samples first arrive to our accessioning department where the information on your sample envelopes and order form are entered into our database. Each sample is assigned a sample number and the group of samples are assigned a case or reference number.
2. DNA Extraction
Once all information has been added to our database, samples are prepared for DNA extraction. During this process, the cheek cells on the sample buccal swab are purified of proteins or contaminants and the DNA is separated from the cell.
3. DNA Amplification
Next, IDENTIGENE laboratory technicians prepare the extracted DNA for amplification by checking plates and samples and pipetting. During the amplification process, DNA segments are duplicated for testing.
Finally, segments of DNA are compared between the alleged father and child by our genetic scientists. If the mother’s sample is included, her sample will also be used to get results for paternity. A report is then generated and viewable online with your designated password.
We hope this explains the entire process for you, from start to finish!
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