What do I need to do to get a paternity test?
What samples do you use for DNA testing?
We regularly use saliva samples but we can also conduct the DNA test using a range of tissues which includes; blood, nails, bones, teeth hair etc.
Can a paternity test be performed without the mother?
Yes. If the mother's participation is not possible, a motherless paternity test and no additional charge will be performed. A motherless test requires more extensive analysis to produce conclusive results, but the results are just as accurate as those of a standard paternity test. We however encourage mothers to participate in paternity testing for several reasons:
- Some courts require the mother to participate in a paternity test.
- The mother's participation aids in the analysis of unexpected results. Her participation is especially helpful in the rare cases when a mutation (a random change in the DNA) has affected the results.
Can a paternity test be performed if the alleged father is missing or deceased?
Several testing options are available in situations where the alleged father is missing or deceased:
- The first option that should be considered is viability testing on a sample taken from the deceased, such as stored blood or a tissue sample. (This type of sample usually comes from a pathologist or medical examiner's office.) If usable DNA is found in the sample, we can conduct a paternity test using the alleged father's sample.
- If no biological samples from the alleged father are available, grand parentage testing is the next option to consider. Both biological parents of the alleged father (the paternal grandparents) are required to participate in a grandparentage test. Results of this test prove only the relationship of the child to the grandparents.
- If one or both paternal grandparents are unavailable for testing, other family relationship tests siblingship tests may be performed to indirectly determine a child's paternity.
Where are you located?
We are located at KEMRI HQ Mbagathi, the laboratory facility is housed at the production department