How easy is it to do a DNA test at home?
It’s much easier than you may think! Check out our easy to follow step by step guide to see just how fast and simple the whole experience can be.
Waiting for test results for a potentially life changing test can be stressful and nerve-wracking for all involved. This is why we are proud to offer the fastest DNA testing times in the industry on our DNA and paternity tests. All DNA testing done in the USA.
Our DNA test results are sent to our clients in just 2 to 3 business days!
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:
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.
An informational NIPP test starts at $1700.
A legal NIPP starts at $1900.
* 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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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 test or personal data.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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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:
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.