Are you the Mother?

Maternity DNA Testing helps determine whether the adult being tested is the biological mother of the child or children.

Children get 50% of their DNA from each parent. With a maternal DNA test, you can verify the mother/child relationship (maternity) without having to test the father.

DNA samples are collected by gently rubbing a soft sponge on the inside of your cheek.  The process is non-invasive, quick and gentle enough for newborns. For a maternity test, separate samples must be compared for each child and the alleged mother(s).

 

The Science:

A Maternity test compares the DNA of the alleged mother and child/children to determine if their DNA matches at 50% (children inherit 50% of their DNA from each parent).

If the DNA from the alleged mother does not match the DNA from the child, the alleged mother is excluded as the biological mother; this is reported as 0% probability of maternity.

When the DNA does match, then the alleged mother is concluded to be the biological mother of the child, typically at a minimum probability of maternity of 99.95% or higher.

Home DNA Testing in 4 Easy Steps

Step 1: Order

Call us (1.877.779.3715) to discuss your specific requirements with one of our knowledgeable Customer Service Representatives or order your kit online

Step 2: Collection

Sample collection is arranged or kits are mailed to you directly. For more information please view the DNA Testing Kit Instructions video.

Step 3: Analysis

DNA samples are sent to our laboratory for analysis.

Step 4: Reports

Receive your confidential results (by email, mail or fax).

 

If you have any questions, please call us (Monday to Friday 7:30am to 4:30pm ET):

1.877.779.3715

How do I collect & submit my DNA?

Watch our Home collection demonstration video that will guide you on how to properly collect and label your samples.

Frequently Asked DNA Testing Questions (& Answers)

DNA questions (and answers) regarding testing for paternity and other family relationships.
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DNA paternity testing is 100% accurate when done properly.

In addition to having qualified analysts or scientists conducting the testing procedures and reporting, all of TheDNALAB’s legally-documented tests include identity verification with a strict Chain of Custody and inspection of all received packages to ensure proper sample handling.

To date, none of our Legal DNA results have been successfully challenged or overturned in a Court of Law.

No. Testing the mother typically yields a higher probability of paternity (thus is scientifically recommended), but it is not mandatory. The test may be conclusive without obtaining a sample from the mother; however, it will require more analysis to provide conclusive results.

Yes. DNA testing to confirm paternity can be conducted in the absence of a biological sample from the father. When an individual is deceased or unavailable for testing, it may be possible to use other biological family members – for example, the biological mother and one or both paternal grandparents.

Non-standard or ‘Reference’ samples can also be used. For example, blood or tissue samples (sent directly to our laboratory from either the Coroner or Medical Examiner’s Office). Personal items can also be submitted as reference samples for tests that are for curiosity. (Personal items typically would not meet our protocols to qualify for a Legal DNA test).

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Yes. DNA testing to confirm maternity can be conducted in the absence of a biological sample from the alleged mother. When an individual is deceased or unavailable for testing, it may be possible to use other biological family members – for example, the biological father and one or both maternal grandparents.

Non-standard or ‘Reference’ samples can also be used. For example, blood or tissue samples (sent directly to our laboratory from either the Coroner or Medical Examiner’s Office). Personal items can also be submitted as reference samples for tests that are for curiosity. (Personal items typically would not meet our protocols to qualify for a Legal DNA test).

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Yes. However, it is imperative that we be advised of this possibility prior to testing. For example, if the two possible fathers are brothers or father and son, they will share a high percentage of the same DNA and could both be included as the biological father of the tested child within the accurate range of a 99.95% probability result.

Best scientific practice in this scenario is to have both possible fathers tested along with the biological mother of the child (as part of one ‘case’ or ‘project’). If only one possible father can be tested, our scientific specialists at TheDNALAB will perform additional testing and statistical analysis. If the statistical analysis is not conclusive, we would recommend that the other possible father be tested, if feasible – and an additional fee would be applicable in that situation.

Results for a standard DNA test are reported in 3 to 5 business days from receipt of all required samples at our laboratory. If you require results faster than that, it is possible to turn around results within 24 hours. Please call us for details.

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