Non-Invasive Prenatal Paternity Testing

We now offer Prenatal Paternity Testing!

Prenatal Paternity Testing - With no risk to the mother or unborn child

Prenatal Paternity Testing - With no risk to the mother or unborn child

state of the art Non-Invasive Prenatal Paternity (NIPP) Testing.

If you’ve just discovered that you are expecting, our NIPP test can test for paternity as early as 8 weeks*. No need to stress over uncertainties while pregnant, our advanced testing methods can give you accurate answers to set your mind at ease. Unlike previous methods, such as amniocentesis or CVS, our non-invasive methods have no risk to the baby or to you.

Advantages of our testing include:

  • Optional gender determination

  • Results sent directly to you in as little as 3 business days

  • Testing as early as 8 weeks

  • All testing done in an AABB approved laboratory

  • The only validated and published prenatal test available

Check out our NIPP Testing page for more info or to order your test.

For any questions you may have send us an email at Info@ValidityGenetics.com, contact us through our Contact Page, have a chat with a representative via Messenger on our Facebook Page, or leave a comment below.


Frequently Asked Prenatal Questions

+ One of the People to be tested lives in a different city or state, can I have a test sent to them?

  • Yes! If the mother and potential father live at different addresses, different cities, or even in different states, we can send separate kits to everyone involved.

    For our regular or informational NIPP test simply add the Additional Kit/Split Kit add-on to your cart and enter the secondary address in the pop-up fields provided (your address will be entered upon checkout).

    For the Legal NIPP test, add the Professional DNA Collection add-on to your cart and a representative will contact you, via email or phone, to schedule both the time for your test and to help schedule the father/mothers time of testing.

+ I am not sure what paternity test is for me, how can you help me decide?

  • Of course! Our team of DNA professionals are here to listen to your needs and help you decide on what is best for you. We have multiple ways for you to get a hold of us. Send us an email from our Contact Us page, chat with a specialist on our Facebook Page via Messenger, or give us a call!

+ How much does a Non-Invasive Prenatal paternity test cost?

  • This is the most asked question by our clients. We currently offer two versions of NIPP test: Informational and Legal.

    An informational NIPP test starts at $1850.

    A legal NIPP starts at $2000.

    For paternity testing after the child is born see our Paternity Testing Page, or for court or legal reasons our Legal Paternity Test page.

+ Can a Prental Paternity Test Harm me or my baby?

  • No. Unlike older more invasive methods, such as amniocentesis/CVS, there is absolutely no risk to either the unborn baby or to the mother when using a Non-Invasive Prenatal Paternity test.

+ Can This test tell the gender/sex of the baby?

  • Yes! This test can tell you the gender of your baby as early as 7-8 weeks. Simply choose the option at checkout.

+ What happens if the test is inconclusive?

  • This is most often caused by not enough fetal DNA in the blood stream. Sometimes this is caused by testing too early or the mothers BMI is too high.
    If there is not enough fetal DNA and results cannot be generated, we will schedule another test, at no extra cost, after two to three weeks.

+ HOW FAST CAN I GET MY RESULTS?

  • Validity Genetics has a quick industry leading turnaround time of only seven (7) business days for all of our non invasive prenatal paternity (NIPP) DNA tests. In a hurry? We also have three (3) business day rush testing options available.

+ HOW ACCURATE ARE THE TESTS?

  • All of our paternity testing is done to the highest standards set by the AABB. In fact all of our tests are performed in a fully CAP, A2LA, AABB accredited and ISO 17025/9001 certified laboratory. All of our paternity and family DNA testing services follow strict and validated procedures for processing samples to guarantee the highest degree of accuracy. Our testing process looks for 23 genetic markers ensuring you receive 99.99% accurate test results.

* While fetal DNA is present in maternal blood as early as 8 weeks, we recommend testing at 10 weeks to mitigate the risk of retesting.

Gathering Evidence for Infidelity DNA Testing

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Over the years we have had many inquiries about Infidelity DNA Testing. What kind of test is it? How is it done? And, most importantly, how should one collect samples for testing?

So, we have put together a list of instructions and information on how best to collect samples in order to minimize the chance of contamination and to make sure everything is properly labeled and prepared for testing when it arrives at our laboratory.

HOW TO COLLECT EVIDENCE

SPECIAL SAMPLES

It is extremely important that all to be tested evidence is handled as little as possible. Gloves are recommended to prevent any extraneous contamination.
To gather special samples, please follow these instructions:

Step 1: Please label an envelope with the following details (use one small envelope per sample):

  • Sample name or description

  • Collection Date

  • Approximate age of sample (date when it may have appeared or item last used)

Step 2: Prep the sample to be mailed:

  • If this is a clothing sample or fabric stain (for example a bed sheet) we recommend you send the entire item to our lab. Please indicate where the stain to be tested is*

    • If you decide the item is too large to send through the mail, the stained area may be cut out and mailed instead.  Please leave one to two inches of space around the potential DNA

  • If this is a smaller item (toothbrush, hair follicles, condom, etc), make sure it dry (please allow to air dry. Do NOT use a hair dryer or any form of heating device to force it to dry) and can fit inside the labeled envelope

  • Do NOT place anything in plastic bags

Step 3: Seal samples inside labeled envelope:

  • Place the special samples into the envelope

  • Seal the envelope with tape

Step 4: Place samples together in a larger envelope and mail to our Laboratory:

  • Compile envelopes containing special samples, oral buccal swab samples, and the completed paperwork together into a larger mailing envelope

  • Mail to our laboratory using a traceable courier service (USPS, FedEx, UPS, etc)

*clothing and fabric samples may be damaged or destroyed when tested

Additional info and ways to collect samples:

DNA, in a dry state, is very stable. Ultraviolet light, extreme temperature and moisture are the primary destructive agents of DNA molecules. There are a few basic rules that must be followed for the proper collection, packaging and storage of DNA evidence.

Wet Stains (Ex: blood, semen, saliva)

Biological evidence should always be allowed to air dry before being packaged in an envelope. Moisture allows bacterial growth to occur, rapidly destroying the material and greatly reducing the possibility of obtaining accurate DNA results. Blow dryers and other heating devices should not be used to force an item or stain to dry.

Pooled biological samples (Ex: blood, saliva, semen)

When dealing with blood, saliva or semen in a pooled or liquid state that may become contaminated or must be cleaned, swab the sample onto sterile cotton swabs (in a pinch Q-tips, with one end cut off, will work) and allow the swabs to air dry before packaging in a clean paper envelope.  Please try to have at lest two swabs per sample.

Dry Stains (Ex: blood, semen, saliva)

Use Q-tips to gather dried blood, semen, or other fluids.

Use Q-tips to gather dried blood, semen, or other fluids.

For best results and highest accuracy an article with stains should be submitted in its entirety. Each article should be separated from another.  We recommend large envelopes, clean paper bags, or clean plastic bags (if the article is completely dry). If the article is too large to be mailed and the stained area cannot be cut out, please follow these steps to help with a proper collection.

  • Place two or three drops of distilled water onto a sterile cotton swab (or a one sided Q-Tip)

  • Rub the swab over the stained area.  Try to transfer as much of the stain as possible onto the swab.

  • Allow the swabs to air dry and package in clean paper envelopes.

Properly collecting, storing, and shipping DNA specimens for analysis helps to ensure accurate results. Most samples in a dry state will offer testable genetic evidence for decades.

For additional questions contact us or email us at Info@ValidityGenetics.com

Sibling DNA Testing

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Sibling DNA Testing

The sibling DNA test is most commonly used when trying to find out if there is a relationship between two people when a parent is unavailable. The test uses statistical analysis to compare the DNA of siblings. This can determine if alleged siblings share both parents, one parent, or no parents at all. 

DNA tests for siblings can have three possible conclusions: 

  • Full Sibling 

  • Half-sibling 

  • Unrelated

Sibling-ship DNA testing is analyzed through probability, which may lie in between 0% to 99.99%. 

Higher percentages of about 50% generally indicate a full sibling (i.e. they share both parents). Probability percentages of about 25% indicate half siblings (i.e. they share a single parent) and lower percentages indicate that the individuals are unrelated.

The results for sibling-ship can be made more accurate by including a common parent in the testing procedure. The reason for this is because the DNA shared by siblings is comparatively lower than the amount shared with parents.

Involving either or both alleged parents in the testing procedure can guarantee the results with better confidence. 

Full Sibling VS. Half Siblings

This DNA test determines the probability that two individuals who have the same biological mother also have the same biological father. 

This DNA test analysis can also determine the probability that two individuals sharing the same biological father have the same or different biological mothers, and vice versa. 

For increased accuracy of this test, it’s recommended that at least one parent is also tested. This greatly improves the conclusions of the test. 

 Full VS. Half Siblings VS. Unrelated

This DNA analysis determines the likelihood of whether the two individuals tested may have the same mother and/or father, as opposed to being completely unrelated. 

For greater accuracy of the test, we recommend samples from one, or preferably all, of the alleged, biological mothers and fathers. 

Please note that a sibingship test may not always be as conclusive because the inheritance pattern and genetic markers vary between offspring even if they have same parent(s). This is because the inheritance pattern and genetic markers vary between offspring more than they do between a parent and child. 

For the Most Accurate Results in a Sibling DNA Test

  • The DNA from the known child of the possible father should be used to see if the two potential siblings are related.

  • When the father is unavailable or unwilling the known mother of the child should be included in the DNA testing.

  • If the known child doesn’t share the same mother as the child being tested, then both mothers should contribute their DNA to increase the chances of getting conclusive results.  (This would be a Four Person Sibling Test as opposed to our standard Three Person test kit, when ordering.)

Reminder: Home Testing Kits cannot be used in legal cases or for court orders.

For all questions contact us or email us at Info@ValidityGenetics.com

How Accurate are Home Paternity Tests?

Home Paternity DNA Test Accuracy

Are Home Paternity Tests Accurate?

One of the most commonly asked questions our clients have when considering a Home Paternity DNA Test is whether the results will be accurate.  This is something we deeply understand as the results can have life changing implications and far reaching consequences for them and their family. 


Note: Many over-the-counter DNA testing companies send their tests to unregulated labs or ship your DNA samples out of the U.S. for cheaper processing. Cheap testing most often means cheap testing methods and a loss of accuracy.

Don’t take a chance on what could be a life changing paternity test.


How Accurate is a Validity Genetics Home Paternity Test?

We do not cut corners when it comes to accuracy.  Using our own nationally recognized, ISO certified, and AABB accredited laboratory you can be assured that your home paternity test results are as accurate as they can be. 

No corner cutting and no outside groups handling your personal data.


Are At-Home Paternity Tests as Accurate as Legal Paternity Tests?

In almost all cases, yes!  We handle all of our DNA tests, both Home and Legal, in the same AABB accredited laboratory using the exact same processes, equipment, trained personnel, and safeguards.  While there is a difference in how a Home Paternity Test vs a Legal Paternity Test is collected and used, the accuracy of the results are done to the same high standards.

The largest problem concerning at-home DNA tests is not getting enough usable DNA to examine in our lab.  Making sure to follow all directions carefully and completely when collecting the samples is the best way to ensure accuracy for at-home paternity or relationship DNA testing.

 

To summarize:  Yes. Home paternity testing, when done correctly and all instructions are followed, is highly accurate.  Validity Genetics home DNA tests are done to the same standard as our legal DNA testing.  To further ensure the accuracy of your test and to protect your private data, all of our testing is done in America by our nationally recognized and accredited laboratory.

 For any additional questions contact us or send us an email Info@ValidityGenetics.com

Choosing Validity Genetics for Your DNA Testing.

There are many companies that offer DNA testing.  However trusting something as important as your DNA test with just any company, and not a nationally accredited, trusted, and licensed one, isn’t something you should do.  Luckily Validity Genetics is such a DNA testing company.  Let us show you why choosing us when you need paternity or DNA testing done is the right choice.

 

Our Expertise

Validity Genetics is Your Paternity and DNA Information Expert

Our staff have been in the paternity and DNA testing industry for some time they are skilled and knowledgeable on how to help you when contacted for information (Contact us!). We are backed by a team of employees who have over one hundred years of combined laboratory experience and are certified through AABB accreditation and ISO training, so you can feel at ease when contacting or working with Validity Genetics. We have the experience to ensure that your test results are done correctly, accurately and on time. Consider us your DNA experts.

 

Quality of Equipment

The scientific instruments and equipment in our laboratory are state-of-the-art.  Our facility is fully licensed and accredited using all of the latest techniques resulting in an accurate streamlined and efficient testing process.  We are multi-faceted and can perform a multitude of differing types of tests to fit our client needs; from home and legal paternity testing to forensic DNA testing.

 

Customer service

One of the biggest goals we have is delivering quality customer service to you, our client. When you contact us, whether for prices and information or a follow up on your test, you can be sure to receive a high level of care and attention to detail that you deserve and should come to expect with something as personal as DNA testing. We will take the time to include a hand on personal touch with you so you can be comfortable knowing that we can provide everything you need.

  

Validity Genetics provides expert, accurate, safe, and trustworthy DNA and paternity testing. Contact Us to answer any questions you may have, send an email to Info@ValidityGenetics.com, or chat with a representative on our Facebook page to see what we can do for you today.

Visit ValidityGenetics.com for more DNA testing info and a more in depth breakdown on all the services we offer.

 

Collecting DNA With Your at Home DNA Kit

DNA Samples for at home paternity Test

There are so many reasons to complete DNA testing. From paternity to infidelity, Validity Genetics has provided New Mexico and Texas residents, as well as people around the country, access to complete and accurate informational at-home DNA testing. Home DNA testing kits have never been more accessible than they are today.  But, we understand that it is normal to feel some hesitation towards participating in one.

Here’s a quick how to for successfully collecting a DNA sample:

1) What at home DNA testing vs. court admissible testing means

While at-home DNA tests are incredibly convenient, they do not work for court orders or for legal problems. If you require DNA testing of any kind for legal reasons, you will need to order and submit to court-admissible DNA testing which includes sample collection from an unbiased third party, such as from our main laboratory or a local clinic or testing center.

2) Purchase a DNA kit that is tailored to your specific needs

With so many types of DNA tests out there it is important that you are purchasing the correct one.  Some will will require samples from different individuals, so you should be certain these individuals will participate in the testing.  Other DNA tests, such as an Infidelity DNA test, will more than likely require a forensic DNA sample.  Be sure to find out what kinds of samples can be used and which ones to avoid (Click here for examples), as well how to collect them (Click here for more info). Do your research and speak to professionals to ensure the test you buy will provide the results you’re looking for by reaching out to us through our Contact page, sending an email to Info@VaildityGenetics.com, or chat with a representative on our Facebook page.

3) Gathering the correct samples

The included DNA collection instructions are precise, so ensure the samples you take can be utilized by checking the instructions. Most DNA tests require a simple cheek swab (buccal swab) or saliva sample. Hair, fingernail, or other samples may also be used depending on the test purchased (Click here for more info).

4) Be as clean and sterile as possible

When collecting samples it is important to stay clean and keep the sample as sterile as possible.  When possible wash your hands, wear sterile gloves, use sterile tools, and never place your sample on a contaminated surface when collecting. All of these variables can have an impact on the integrity of your sample and its results.

5) Follow the detailed instructions for a cheek (buccal) swab

Our DNA test kits will come with a complete set of instructions.  Be sure the individual being swabbed does not put anything in their mouth that isn’t water up to an hour before their test. Scrape the inside of their cheek with the provided cotton swab for 30-60 seconds. Once the collection is complete, do not to let the end of the swab touch any other surface before being stored in the dry clean container provided in your kit.

6) Follow the shipping instructions for your kit

Your testing facility will provide you with directions to accurately ship your kits back to their laboratories. Following their instructions will ensure your DNA test is received and processed as efficiently as possible.

It’s important to remember that DNA testing kits can vary from company to company and depend on what kind of DNA testing is being completed. Thoroughly read all instructions before getting started.

For more information about our Paternity, Family, and general DNA testing options visit our site at ValidityGenetics.com, email us at Info@ValidityGenetics.com or Contact Us today!