What the Results Statement Means
According to stringent accreditation guidelines, IDENTIGENE is required to word the paternity-test results statement in a very specific way. We simply cannot deliver the results with the exact words ‘You ARE the father’ or ‘You are NOT the father’.
To simplify the statement, please look at the formula below:
‘John Doe [insert alleged father’s name] is excluded as the biological father of James Doe [insert child’s name]”
= ‘YOU ARE NOT THE FATHER.”
‘John Doe is not excluded as the biological father of James Doe’
= ‘YOU ARE THE FATHER.”
What your DNA Profile Means
For further clarification purposes ,the results statement also provides details of the DNA profiles . Remember, this is the data that our laboratory used to determine the results: ‘excluded’ or ‘not excluded.” The cheek cells provide our laboratory with a set of DNA markers (up to 15). These markers are used for identifying individuals’ traits. The ‘locus’ or marker location shows two alleles (numbers) for each person tested. These numbers represent a characteristic that has been genetically passed down to the person – one from the biological mother and one from the biological father.
According to genetics, a child MUST have one matching number to the father in each ‘locus’. In some cases, there are natural mutations where the child has a slightly higher or lower value than the father but these are rare. *If the alleged father is ‘excluded’ aka ‘not the father’, they might have sharing numbers in certain ‘loci’ (the singular form of locus) but to be determined the biological father, they would need to have sharing numbers in EACH loci.
At the end of the results statement, you will see a Combined Percentage Index (CPI). This number needs to be 100 or greater in order for the determination to be made that the man tested is the biological father. When the percentage is 100 or greater, the probability (scientific chance) that the test participant is the father will be 99% or greater.
IDENTIGENE recommends submitting the mother’s cheek swabs along with the child’s and alleged father’s check swabs. This helps strengthen the probability of paternity if there happens to be natural mutations in the child’s DNA alleles .
If for some reason IDENTIGENE has questions about your results, they will contact you and send you additional swabs for free so that you can resubmit your test swabs.
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